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Valley, AL doctor will head Medicaid program
VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - An East Alabama doctor will lead the state's less fortunate in medical needs. Dr. Bob Mullins of Valley Alabama has been personally appointed by governor-elect Robert Bentley as Alabama's new Medicaid director. More than 900,000 ...


Small child removed from Valley Head home containing meth lab
DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama -- DeKalb County deputies say incoming tips led them to a home in Valley Head where a small child was living in the presence of methamphetamine activity. Sheriff Jimmy Harris said his department received calls about possible drug ...


Child Removed from Home with Meth Lab
One child is in family custody after authorities in DeKalb County, Alabama found a working meth lab inside a home. Sheriff Jimmy Harris's office says on July 17th officers got a tip of drug activity at a residents on County Road 9049 in Valley Head.

Body Found in Weiss Lake Identified
The body found in Weiss Lake over the weekend has been identified as missing 20 year-old Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head, Alabama. Ortiz was reported missing by friends and family after she failed to return home July 14th. Her body was discovered by a ...


Body Identified As Missing Valley Head Woman
Alabama is identified as a missing woman. DeKalb County authorities say it was 20-year-old Sarah Ortiz from Valley Head. She disappeared on the 14th. The cause of her death has not been released, and authorities continue to investigate. If you have any ...


Shades Valley standout Keith Mixon another big commitment for Mississippi State
"The only thing left for Keith to do now is have a great senior season." -- Shades Valley head coach Bill Smith IRONDALE, Alabama -- Mississippi State continues to strike recruiting gold in the Birmingham Metro area. The Bulldogs already had secured verbal ...


Valley Head woman killed on I-59 after SUV flips and ejects her
DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama -- A-single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a Valley Head woman, Alabama state troopers report. Morganne Brooke Neeley, 21, was killed when the 2008 Hummer she was driving left Interstate 59, five miles south of Fort Payne.

Valley Head High School Softball
For a quick reference point for your team, please utilize the left navigation tools. Here, you will be able to find the past seasons, game schedules, rosters and more. The MaxPreps Team Wall was released in February of 2011 as a way to better serve high ...


Valley Head readies for candlelight vigil this afternoon for student fire victims (updated)
VALLEY HEAD, Alabama -- Around town today, even in the quiet after Christmas, there were preparations for remembering. Members of Valley Head School's staff and students will gather this afternoon at 5 p.m. at the school for a vigil to remember the lives ...


Mississippi Valley names North Alabama's Karl Morgan as head football coach
ITTA BENA, Miss. -- North Alabama defensive coordinator Karl Morgan has been named Mississippi Valley State head football coach. The former UCLA standout and Alcorn State defensive coordinator takes over the program from Willie Totten, who stepped down Nov ...


Valley, AL doctor will head Medicaid program
VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - An East Alabama doctor will lead the state's less fortunate in medical needs. Dr. Bob Mullins of Valley Alabama has been personally appointed by governor-elect Robert Bentley as Alabama's new Medicaid director. More than 900,000 ...


Small child removed from Valley Head home containing meth lab
DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama -- DeKalb County deputies say incoming tips led them to a home in Valley Head where a small child was living in the presence of methamphetamine activity. Sheriff Jimmy Harris said his department received calls about possible drug ...


Child Removed from Home with Meth Lab
One child is in family custody after authorities in DeKalb County, Alabama found a working meth lab inside a home. Sheriff Jimmy Harris's office says on July 17th officers got a tip of drug activity at a residents on County Road 9049 in Valley Head.

Body Found in Weiss Lake Identified
The body found in Weiss Lake over the weekend has been identified as missing 20 year-old Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head, Alabama. Ortiz was reported missing by friends and family after she failed to return home July 14th. Her body was discovered by a ...


Body Identified As Missing Valley Head Woman
Alabama is identified as a missing woman. DeKalb County authorities say it was 20-year-old Sarah Ortiz from Valley Head. She disappeared on the 14th. The cause of her death has not been released, and authorities continue to investigate. If you have any ...


Shades Valley standout Keith Mixon another big commitment for Mississippi State
"The only thing left for Keith to do now is have a great senior season." -- Shades Valley head coach Bill Smith IRONDALE, Alabama -- Mississippi State continues to strike recruiting gold in the Birmingham Metro area. The Bulldogs already had secured verbal ...


Valley Head woman killed on I-59 after SUV flips and ejects her
DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama -- A-single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a Valley Head woman, Alabama state troopers report. Morganne Brooke Neeley, 21, was killed when the 2008 Hummer she was driving left Interstate 59, five miles south of Fort Payne.

Valley Head High School Softball
For a quick reference point for your team, please utilize the left navigation tools. Here, you will be able to find the past seasons, game schedules, rosters and more. The MaxPreps Team Wall was released in February of 2011 as a way to better serve high ...


Valley Head readies for candlelight vigil this afternoon for student fire victims (updated)
VALLEY HEAD, Alabama -- Around town today, even in the quiet after Christmas, there were preparations for remembering. Members of Valley Head School's staff and students will gather this afternoon at 5 p.m. at the school for a vigil to remember the lives ...


Mississippi Valley names North Alabama's Karl Morgan as head football coach
ITTA BENA, Miss. -- North Alabama defensive coordinator Karl Morgan has been named Mississippi Valley State head football coach. The former UCLA standout and Alcorn State defensive coordinator takes over the program from Willie Totten, who stepped down Nov ...





USEFUL INFORMATION: YOU NEED TO KNOW

Learn about obesity in children

How do I know if my child has a healthy weight?

young boy on scaleThe doctor will monitor the changes in height and weight of children in the course of time and can tell you if your child has a healthy weight. During regular checkups, be sure to talk to your doctor about your childs weight.

Your childs doctor may ask about:

  • The feeding habits of your child
  • If you know places where to buy healthy food for children
  • How much physical activity the child
  • If there are certain places where your child can run and play
  • Much time your child spends each day in front of screens (watching TV, playing video games or at the computer, phone or tablet, such as iPad)
  • Any health problems your child has
  • The medical history of your family

What is BMI and what are the percentiles of BMI?

To find out if your child is in a healthy weight range, your doctor may use a measure called BMI or "body mass index". BMI is based on height and weight of your child measure. The BMI helps the doctor estimate how much body fat your child. The doctor can use BMI to see if your child has an appropriate weight for your height. A healthy BMI is different between girls and boys and varies by age.

Your doctor can compare your child´s BMI values ??typical of children of the same sex and age BMI. For that, doctors may use what is called "BMI percentile". This can help the doctor determine if your child is underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Diseases, CDC, for its acronym in English), it is considered that a child has:

  • A healthy weight if your BMI is between the 5th percentile and 85th
  • Overweight if their BMI is between the 85th percentile and 95 º
  • Obese if their BMI is in the 95th percentile or higher

Talk with your child´s doctor about what BMI means your child.

Obesity: the 95th percentile upwards Overweight: 85th percentile to less than 95 Healthy Weight: 5th percentile to the 85th Underweight: below the 5th percentile

To calculate BMI and BMI percentile your child visit http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/ (available in English)

A healthy weight if your BMI is between the 5th percentile and 85th

What health problems can cause a child being overweight or obese?

Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. Also more likely to develop serious health problems, such as:

  • High blood sugar or diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol (a type of blood fat) high
  • Sleep apnea (a condition in which a person stops breathing for short periods during sleep)
  • Heart problems (such as heart attack or heart failure) or stroke in adulthood
  • Increased pressure on bones and joints, which can cause problems in childhood and in adulthood, joints and bones
  • Disease Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (disease caused by excess fat in the liver)
  • Low self-esteem or depression
  • Eating disorders such as binging and purging food

In the U.S., 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese.

What can cause a child to become overweight or obese?

Many things can cause a child to become overweight or obese; for instance:

  • Unhealthy eating habits . Children may overeat, eat many foods that are not healthy or take too many sugary drinks.
  • Not getting enough sleep . Children who do not sleep long enough each night are more likely to be overweight.
  • Family history . Children in families with overweight may be more likely to develop it. That may be due to the child´s genes or eating habits that are learned in the family.
  • Lack of sufficient physical activity . It is possible that children do not carry enough physical activity.Children should be active for at least 1 hour each day.
  • Too much time in front of screens . Children can spend too much time each day in front of screens.Some children eat while watching TV or playing on the computer.
  • Environment . Children may spend time in an environment (such as with family or friends, at daycare or school) where they have access to healthy food choices and opportunities for physical activity.

How to prevent your child from becoming overweight or obese

How I can prevent my child from becoming overweight or obese?

To help prevent your child from becoming overweight or obese, make sure you eat healthy and be active. There are many things you can do at home, at school and in the community to help children maintain a healthy weight.Here are some examples of each is.

At home

There are many things families can do at home. Some examples are:

Eat healthily
  • Prepare healthy meals at home with components of each food group.
    • The food groups include fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods (meat, eggs, fish, "tofu" or tofu and beans) and low-fat dairy products or fat.
  • Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast every day.
  • Eat at the table with the family, rather than in front of a screen (TV, computer, cell phone or tablet).
  • Limit or avoid having drinks and foods that are not healthy at home.
    • Replace unhealthy snacks such as cookies, candy or chips in bag, healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables.
    • Replace unhealthy sugary drinks such as soda, sports drinks or juices for healthy drinks such as water and low fat milk or fat.
  • Whenever you can, eat at home instead of in restaurants. At home, you are more likely to limit the amount of fat, sugar and salt in their food.
  • Make sure you eat the right amount of food.
For more information about healthy foods, the right amounts and sample menus, visithttp://choosemyplate.gov/en-espanol.html
Stay physically active
  • Give your child a chance to run and play for at least 1 hour a day.
  • Organize fun activities like biking, walking to the park, playing ball or swimming.
  • Encourage the whole family to stay active throughout the day.
    • For example, use the stairs instead of the elevator and go to places to walk or bike instead of going by car or bus.
  • Limit the time you spend in front of screens every day.
  • In addition to being physically active, make sure your child gets enough sleep each night.

Let´s Go! (Come on!) is a program to prevent children from becoming obese. The program is based on healthy eating and physical activity. Let´s Go! recommends healthy habits "5-2-1-0" for each day:

  • 5 fruits and vegetables
  • 2 hours or less of screen time for fun
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity
  • 0 sugary drinks

Let´s Go also recommends keeping the TV and computers out of the bedroom of the child and not allowing screen time for children under 2 years.

Let´s Go is a program of the State of Maine also provides resources to communities in other states.

These images and messages are adapted from Let´s Go on www.letsgo.org Exit Disclaimer  (available in English only)

Let´s Go also has resources for schools to help children to eat healthy and be physically active. For more information and a packet of resources for your school, visit www.letsgo.org / toolkits .  Exit Disclaimer Certain pages package resources are available in Spanish.

To find out what is making your child´s school to help prevent children are overweight or become obese, talk to the principal, the school nurse or school counselor your child. You can also ask how to participate in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA, for its acronym in English) or Parent Teacher Organization (PTO, for its acronym in English).

children at play

In school

In addition to eating healthily and be physically active at home, school programs can help children maintain a healthy weight. School programs can include activities such as:

  • Lessons about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Information sessions for parents to learn ways to help your child maintain a healthy weight.
  • Healthy options for breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, with appropriate portion sizes.
  • Healthy snacks and drinks in vending machines and at parties and events.
  • Water Dispensers with filters, to promote the use of drinking water instead of soda or sports drinks.
  • Groups led by adults to go to school on foot or by bicycle.
  • A longer period of physical education, in which children are physically active.
  • Fitness equipment such as balls and jump ropes for use at recess.

In the community

In addition to home and school, they can also make changes in the community to help children maintain a healthy weight. Communities and community centers can:

  • Improve parks, sidewalks and bike paths to ride in the community.
  • Take steps to parks, sidewalks and bike paths to be safe.
  • Promote community events such as health fairs, walks 5 kilometers (5K), sporting events at local parks, community gardens programs and local farmers markets. This can be done through posters, local newspapers and radio stations and local television.
  • Offer programs where families can receive advice on healthy eating and physical activity.

Girls on bikes

For other resources that can help your child maintain a healthy weight, visit:

For more information to improve parks, sidewalks and bike paths to ride in your area, contact your local department of parks and recreation.

For more information about events or programs in your community, contact your local community and recreation centers (such as the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club or the local religious community centers).

What researchers found on measures that can be taken at home, school and community to prevent children are overweight or become obese?

Healthy eating and physical activity are very important to prevent children are overweight or become obese.

The researchers found that:

  • School programs to help children to eat healthily and being physically active can help prevent becoming overweight or become obese.
  • In conjunction with the curriculum, they can be useful also other measures taken at home and in the community.
  • More research is needed to find out what programs or measures are most effective.

Talking to your child´s doctor, school officials and community centers

Examples of questions to ask your child

  • Is my child a healthy weight?
  • What are the most important things I do at home to help my child maintain a healthy weight?
  • How I can get my child to eat healthy foods?
  • How much of each type of food should my child eat?
  • How much physical activity does my child need each day?
  • What are the best types of physical activity for my child?
  • How long should I allow my child pass in front of screens every day?
  • How long should my child sleep every night?
  • Do you have resources that can help me keep my child at a healthy weight?
  • Are you of community resources that can help you know?
  • If I have no grocery stores nearby or healthy foods are expensive for me, do you know resources that can help?
  • If there is a safe place for my child out to play, how I can help you stay active?

Sample questions for the principal, school nurse or your child´s counselor

  • Does the school offer programs to help prevent children are overweight or become obese? If not, how could we start one?
  • In the cafeteria and vending machines? Healthy foods like fruits and vegetables are offered instead of sugary drinks and salty or fatty foods?
  • How long will my child for physical activities is given in physical education class, at recess or during the day?
  • Do you use once school physical education as punishment or other physical activities?
  • Do you have programs for group walks or go to school groups for cycling to school guided by adults or other physical activity programs for children?
  • Is there information sessions that you can attend to learn more about how to help my child maintain a healthy weight?
  • What can I do at home to help reinforce what is taught in school about healthy eating and physical activity?
  • Are you of community resources that can help you know?

Examples of questions to their local community or recreation centers

  • Do you have resources or programs on healthy eating and physical activity for children?
  • Do you have a calendar of community events that include activities such as health fairs, walks 5 kilometers (5K) and sporting events at local parks?
  • Do you have a list of community gardens or local farmers markets?
  • Do you know of programs that can guide me to help my family eat healthy and be physically active?

Source

The information in this summary comes from the report Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Comparative Effectiveness Review and Meta-Analysis, (Programs to prevent childhood obesity: A review of comparative efficacy and meta-analysis)., June 2013 The report was produced by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center (Centre for Evidence-Based Practice at Johns Hopkins) with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Health Care, AHRQ, for its acronym in English).

Additional information MedlinePlus website was obtained ® , a service of the National Library of Medicine (National Library of Medicine) and the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health) of the United States. This page is available at www.nlm.nih.gov / medlineplus / spanish .

This summary was prepared by the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science (John M. Eisenberg Center for Science Communications and Clinical Decision) at Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor College of Medicine) in Houston, Texas. It was written by Amelia Williamson Smith, MS, Jason A. Mendoza, MD, MPH, and Michael Fordis, MD This summary was reviewed by parents of children aged 2 to 18 years old.


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