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Aurora Health Center presents free program on overweight children

Monday, September 25, 2006

EAST TROY, Wis., The Centers for Disease Control report that nearly 25 million U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or nearly overweight and the numbers continue to increase.

Are you worried your child may be overweight? It’s not always easy for parents to tell if their child has a weight problem. Join Albertina Ricci, D.O., pediatrician, Aurora Health Center-East Troy during a free presentation to learn how to know if your child is overweight, what you can do to keep your child from being overweight, and how to give your child better eating habits. The free program will be offered from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday, October 9, Aurora Health Center, 2483 Corporate Circle Drive, East Troy.

To register, please call 1-800-499-5736 or log onto www.AuroraHealthCare.org.

Researchers have found that people who are overweight in childhood tend to be overweight or obese in adulthood.

“The other piece of this is that being overweight early in life can have some adverse health effects later on such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension,’’ said Dr. Ricci. “The good news is parents and their kids can do something about it.’’

While genetics and heredity may play part of a role in overweight children, sedentary activity and large meal portions are the main contributors to children being overweight, conclude researchers.

“The main message here for parents is that their children need to be engaged in some type of physical activity each day and parents need to pay attention to how much food their child is eating,’’ said Dr. Ricci.

The U.S. Surgeon General recommends moderate physical activity for children every day for at least 60 minutes.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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