2009-08-14 / Community

St. John's Encourages Healthier Lifestyles For Kids

On Wednesday, August 19, St. John's Episcopal Hospital will be holding a meeting for the Healthy Hearts for Kids Support Group in the Hemodialysis Conference Room on the ground floor at 327 Beach 19 Street from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with one out of three kids now considered overweight or obese, due to factors such as unhealthy snacks being offered in school and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Being overweight or out of shape is a serious issue that can lead to a number of health problems as children grow older, including heart problems, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol — all once considered exclusively adult diseases. Overweight and obese children are also more prone to depression and low self-esteem issues contributed to by social alienation. St. John's Episcopal Hospital designed Healthy Hearts for Kids to teach children and their parents how to make healthier lifestyle choices. Both a nutritionist and a pediatrician host this support group to address prevention techniques, as well as smarter eating habits and the importance of physical activity. For more information call 718-869-8200.

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