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We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
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Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Teaching your children good health habits now will give them a solid foundation for growing strong and healthy. We offer resources to support you as a parent and help you handle the challenge of raising healthy kids.
The number of overweight children and teens in the U.S. has nearly tripled since 1980. This is mainly due to unhealthy eating habits and not enough exercise. A combination of factors such as genetics, family eating patterns, and other lifestyle habits can also contribute to becoming overweight.
Health risks of being overweight include:
Prescription for better health:
You are your child's most important role model. Make sure you set a good example by taking care of yourself.
Let your child know that you love, accept, and appreciate him or her no matter what your child's shape or size. This helps children feel good about themselves.
Children and teens come in different shapes and sizes, and they grow at different rates. It's important to remember that there are no "ideal" heights and weights for kids or teens.
The goal for your whole family is to make healthier food choices and increase physical activity instead of focusing only on weight and weight loss. Talk to us if you are concerned that your child is gaining weight too quickly.
We routinely use a tool called body mass index (BMI) to figure out whether your child's weight is within a healthy range. Here are some facts about BMI:
Health risks of being overweight
Being overweight and out of shape increases your child's risk for health problems now and later in life. We will regularly screen for signs of these health problems. If your child or teen needs treatment, we will ensure they get the best medical care possible.
If your child is eating foods high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt, this can increase the risk for developing:
If you are concerned about your child's weight, talk to us so we can help you decide if your child's weight is a healthy one for him or her.
Making changes can be hard. But when it comes to taking care of your child and your family, it's worth the effort. You can help your child by keeping healthy food around the house, eliminating unhealthy food, and setting a good example.
Here are some tips to help you eat smart and make healthy beverage choices:
There are some other changes that can help your family eat a healthy diet:
Serving sizes change based on a child's age. Offering children servings that are too large for them can lead to overeating. Some tips to remember:
These are suggested amounts of servings per day for children based on average activity levels:
|Age||Grains||Vegetables||Fruits||Milk & milk products||Meats & beans|
|2 to 3 years||4 oz.||1 cup||1 cup||2 cups||2 to 4 oz.|
|4 to 8 years||5 oz.||2 cups||1½ cups||2 cups||5 oz.|
|8 to 12 years||6 oz.||2½ cups||2 cups||3 cups||5½ oz.|
Rethink your drink and avoid drinking your calories. Serve nonfat milk or water. We recommend no more than 4 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice per day. Make your own fruity low-calorie drink at home by adding strawberry or melon slices to a pitcher of water.
Keep these facts in mind:
Many kids today spend a lot of time watching TV, playing video games, and using the computer. Many are not getting enough exercise.
Small increases in physical activity, such as the following, can make a big difference over time:
Limit screen time
Although some TV, interactive video games, and the Internet can be educational and entertaining for your child, too much screen time (TV, computers, and video games) can have unhealthy side effects. Here are some things you can do to help your kids pull the plug and engage in an active lifestyle:
You can break up activities throughout the day. Show your child that physical activity can be fun, as well as healthy. Instead of screen time, try these activities:
You are your child's most important role model, so set a good example by:
You can help make a difference for everyone in your family by making health the top priority in your child's life.
Toddlers are active, curious, and fun. They may also have picky eating habits, which can make them challenging eaters. Feed your toddler like the rest of the family. They can eat most of the foods you eat, as long as these are soft and/or cut into small pieces that are easy to handle. Here are some tips for feeding your toddler:
Toddlers grow more slowly than babies and may not have as much of an appetite. Your child is becoming more independent and saying "no" to many things, including food. It's helpful to keep in mind that:
Being active every day is the best way to keep extra weight off and feel great. Help your teen appreciate his or her changing body. Your teen's body and mind are changing and growing a lot. Teens need healthy foods and exercise for strength and energy.
Make sure your teen stays healthy and gets more energy by serving nutritious meals and making it a goal to:
Keep the lines of communication open with your teen. Encourage them to avoid:
Encourage your teen to reduce fat and calories if they eat fast food with friends and follow these simple steps:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.