Childhood Obesity Prevention

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Overview

The percentage of Weld County children ages 5-14 years who are overweight or obese rose 8.3% in three years from 27.0% in 2015 to 35.3% in 2017. Though the percentage of Weld County children in this age group who are obese remained relatively stable — 15.1% in 2015 and 14.9% in 2017 — the percentage of children who are overweight increased significantly from 11.9% in 2015 to 20.4% in 2017. As of 2017, 9.9% of Weld County children ages 2-4 who are enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are obese, higher than the Colorado average of 7.5%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can provide more information about the causes and consequences of childhood obesity, as well as resources for healthy eating and active living.

The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) is working to reverse this trend in early childhood obesity by intervening specifically in the areas on the following pages:

Child Care Centers and Homes Training

WCDPHE offers training for child care providers to improve the quality and quantity of teacher led physical activity for the children in their care and provides resources for healthy eating and responsive feeding practices. If you are a child care provider and would like training and resources, please contact Mike Schwan, MS, RD, at (970) 400-2343 or mschwan@weldgov.com.

Breastfeeding and Health Promotion in the Workplace

In addition to providing numerous health benefits, research suggests breastfeeding decreases the risk of childhood obesity. Though the percentage of mothers who start out breastfeeding is high, most do not continue for the length of time recommended to achieve maximum health benefits. Employment has been identified as a barrier for breastfeeding duration. For information on the health benefits of breastfeeding, the Colorado Workplace Accommodations Act for Nursing Mothers, and how to best support nursing mothers as an employer, visit the Breastfeeding Support webpage.

5210 make Today Count! 

The “5210 make Today Count!” campaign reminds parents and caregivers of five goals to prevent early childhood obesity, which are for children and adults to eat 5 fruits and vegetables per day, limit screen time to less than 2 hours, engage in at least 1 hour of moderate to vigorous activity per day, and 0 sugary drinks. You will see this simple and effective message in numerous locations in Weld County in an effort to increase awareness surrounding early childhood obesity prevention.

5210 make Today Count! brochures and posters may be downloaded free of charge.

5210 Every Day

5210 Poster(PDF, 221KB)
(Póster 5210)(PDF, 264KB)

5 servings of fruits and vegetables(PDF, 342KB)
(5 o más porciones de frutas y verduras)(PDF, 2MB)

2 hours or less of recreational screen time(PDF, 319KB)
(2 horas o menos de tiempo frente a la pantalla para recreación)(PDF, 4MB)

1 hour or more of physical activity(PDF, 344KB)
(1 hora o más de actividad física)(PDF, 2MB)

0 sugary drinks, more water and low fat milk(PDF, 336KB)
(0 bebidas azucaradas, más agua y leche con bajo)(PDF, 6MB)

5210 Family Action Plan(PDF, 690KB)
(Plan de acción familiar 5210)(PDF, 751KB)

Screen-Free Week

Screen-Free Week is an annual event that takes place during the first week of May. It encourages parents and children to find the joys of life away from screens. Time away from screens helps kids reduce their dependence on TV, video games, smartphones, tablets, and computers, and lets them reconnect with friends, family, their creativity, nature, and so much more.

Screen-Free Week Resources