Youth Be Well | Healthy Community Initiative
Why a Youth Healthy Lifestyle Program?
Saunders County is lower compared to National and Nebraska averages. This program seeks to change that for Saunders County youth!
Obesity, Screen Time & Activity
In 2014, 44.1% of Three Rivers adults reported a height and weight that computed to a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, and thus are considered obese (state comparison: 40.6%) Source: Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (2014). In 2014, 69.4% of Three Rivers adults reported a height and weight that computed to a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, and thus are considered overweight or obese (state comparison: 66.7%) Source: Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (2014)
According to the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly 30% of Nebraska youth ages 10-17 are overweight or obese.
The US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity, but data from the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health indicate that only 23% of Nebraska youth age 12-17 engage in vigorous physical activity every day. Further, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends less than two hours of screen time per day, but 12% of Nebraska children watch more than 4 hours on a typical weekday. Additionally, approximately 60% of Nebraska youth only eat one fruit and one vegetable per day, which is much less than the recommended amount of one serving of each per meal (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013).
The prevalence of obesity among U.S. youth was 18.5% in 2015–2016. Overall, the prevalence of obesity among adolescents (12–19 years) (20.6%) and school-aged children (6–11 years) (18.4%) was higher than among preschool-aged children (2–5 years) (13.9%).