Resources for Parents

Parents play a critical role in the development of their children's eating and physical activity habits. Additionally, parents make daily decisions on what food is available in the home and what physical activity opportunities are available for children. Parents have the opportunity to model healthy habits.

The Data

The DuPage WIC obesity rate for 2-4 year olds (15.5%) and the DuPage kindergarten obesity rate (12.2%) stress the need for early intervention even before children enter school. For a full report of the latest DuPage County data, click here.

Recommendations

  • Spread the word about Call to Action on Obesity: Making Healthy Lifestyles a Priority in DuPage County. Really, pass it on. Don't forget about your elected officials, school administration and PTA, family physician, teachers, community groups, and faith-based leaders.
  • Use the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!®* message:
      5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
      4 servings of water a day
      3 servings of low-fat dairy a day
      2 or less hours of screen time a day
      1 or more hours of physical activity a day
  • Follow the recommendations from Let's Move! Parents:
    • Encourage children to try new fruits and vegetables regularly.
    • Cut sugar and fat from the shopping list.
    • Plan a menu for the week. Get children involved in meal planning and cooking.
    • Make physical activity a part of your family's daily routine.
    • Reduce screen time.
    • Get involved in your child's School Health Advisory Council/Wellness Committee.

Need help getting started or want more details on the next steps? Contact FORWARD.

Resources

Tools

*The 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message was created by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children (CLOCC). 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® is a registered trademark and Copyright © 2004 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. All rights reserved. www.clocc.net.