Childhood Obesity

Understanding what causes obesity and providing healthy alternatives can help lead your child down a lifelong path of wellness.

Hometown Health Blog

Beat the 'back-to-school blues' with healthy lunches

Heading back to school for many students includes a bagged lunch tucked into their backpack. Follow these tips for packing healthy lunches kids will like and help improve their ability to learn.

Elizabeth Rummel By Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bertrand August 11, 2023

How to help your child reach a healthy weight

New findings show that "baby fat" doesn't routinely melt away as children grow. Now's the time to help a child struggling with obesity reach a healthy weight. These tips can help you on this journey.

Mieca Valen, APRN, C.N.P. By Mieca Valen March 23, 2023

Healthy weight in children starts with healthy habits

Experts agree the sooner in life that you build good, healthy habits, the easier it is to keep them and stay as healthy as possible. Get tips to help children create good habits for healthy weight.

Jennifer Brumm MD By Jennifer Brumm February 11, 2021

Kids in the kitchen: Early involvement yields oodles of fun

Exposing kids to cooking and baking can lead to good habits and family memories. Here's some tips to help parents get kids in the kitchen.

Amanda Halls, R.D.N., L.D. By Amanda Halls December 23, 2020

Back-to-school health tips

Children and parents are gearing up for the start of another school year. Preparation for the hallways means shopping for backpacks, clothes and other school supplies. But don't overlook your child's health before the first bell rings.

Kimberly Beecher, M.D. By Kimberly Beecher August 11, 2014