Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Overcoming Childhood Obesity

We've all heard that childhood obesity is an epidemic, but what does that really mean? Here are some startling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that illustrate just how severe the problem of childhood obesity really is:
  • Roughly 1 in every 3 children and teens in the US is overweight or obese.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 youth, age 2 to 19, are already obese or overweight, and of those, 70 percent will become overweight adults.
  • One in 3 individuals born in the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes.
  • A child with type 2 diabetes has a decrease of 19 years from their life expectancy.
  • If obesity among kids continues to increase, many believe this current generation of young people will become the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.
We all have the power to influence the children in our lives to make healthier choices, and hopefully turn this situation around.

Click HERE to download a FREE book containing practical tips and inspirational stories by mothers who are actively working toward a healthier life for themselves and their families.
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Ghiradelli $1-Off Coupon

Click HERE for a $1-off 2 coupon for Ghiradelli baking chips. They have a 60% Cocoa variety that offers more of the health benefits of chocolate (and less of the sugar) than a lot of other brands.
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Toy Coupons at Target

Click HERE for some high-value Target coupons (expire November 25). Click HERE for the Target toy catalog. Thanks Give Me Neither.

One particularly good deal I noticed was the Playskool Tonka Bounce Back Racer remote-controlled car. You could combine the $10-off Target coupon with the sale price shown in the competitor sales flyers (Toys R Us & Walmart both have it listed as on sale for $29, regular $34) for a final price $19.

Also, you can find a lot of high-value toy coupons HERE (look for the Toys & Games link on the left-hand column). These coupons don't expire until after the holidays, so I'm patiently waiting for sales so I can can get the best deals possible.
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