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  • Hi, I'm Amy. This is my husband Dave, and my son Doug. A close friend recently had a heart attack and it made us realize we should be paying more attention to our own health and setting a better example for Doug. I've heard a lot about child obesity, I want to make sure he stays healthy!
  • Hi! Welcome to the community health fair! I'm Marissa, a nurse from a nearby hospital. Is there something I can help you with?
  • I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I'm glad that y'all are taking action about your own health though! Doing this as a family is a great way to stay motivated, and it's setting a good example for Doug.
  • Thank you, we aren't really sure how to get started though. I've seen commercials for gym memberships, weight loss programs, and exercise equipment. It's all so overwhelming! I'm not sure what is best for us!
  • I understand. You don't need any special equipment, or to give up any of the things you like! It seems that all you may need is a little guidance, a few tools and your own creativity!
  • Some of that stuff is pretty expensive too. I don't want to break the bank! I also don't know about all that tofu and organic stuff. I want to be healthy, but I'm a meat and potato guy, ya know?
  • Obesity has been steadily rising for the past few decades and is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and hypertension just to name a few (Understanding Nutrition, 2013).
  • Making sure the food you eat is primarily healthy as well as eating appropriate portions is a critical for healthy bodies. Getting the proper amount of exercise is another key factor.
  • I do like to cook, I'm just so busy all the time with work, family and friends. I'm not sure if I can juggle so much!
  • Obesity is linked to both genetic and environmental factors, children are less likely to become obese if their parent's are not obese (Understanding Nutrition, 2013).
  • Making a weekly meal plan can help with time management so you aren't struggling with what to make at the last minute. There are also a number of free tools available that can help you find out how much protein, fat, carbohydrates and calories you should be eating. is a free tool that you can customize for yourself!
  • That sounds like something that I can handle. It may even save a little time because I won't need to go to the grocery store so often!
  • Those who deprive themselves of the foods they enjoy are more likely to overindulge. This can lead to giving up and feelings of failure (Understanding Nutrition, 2013).
  • You're right, doing something fun and age appropriate is important to ensure you all stick with it. There's a park just down the road with a rock wall and bike trails. Think of things as a family. You can also keep track of your progress by taking measurements and keeping track of your weight and BMI. I hope some of my information will help you reach your goals!
  • A rock wall sounds fun! Let's go start now!
  • I'm unsure about the exercise aspect. I would run at the track and lift weights in college... Doug is only 8 though, I'm not sure he's ready for that sort of thing yet.
  • A balanced diet and a well-rounded exercise/ activity routine including aerobic, strength, and flexibility is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. It also improves quality of life later in age (Understanding Nutrition, 2013).
  • Understanding nutrient and energy requirements ensures that the body will be able to preform at optimal levels. It is especially important for children to prevent numerous deficiencies (Understanding Nutrition, 2013).
  • Recording health maintenance activities such as height and weight are tasks RNs can delegate to unlicensed persons for clients in stable and predictable conditions (Texas Board of Nursing, 2014).
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