MARSHFIELD, Wis., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of National Public Health Week, April 7-13, focusing this year on overweight and obesity, Marshfield Clinic health experts recommend these tips for better health among children and teens. "Increasingly, trends show Americans of all ages are adopting sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits," said Charles McCauley, M.D., a Marshfield Clinic cardiologist and founder of Marshfield Clinic's Healthy Lifestyles Initiative. "The American Public Health Association (APHA) believes it's the biggest problem facing kids today and our experts agree." Health professionals at Marshfield Clinic offer the following tips for young people: -- Slow down on fast food: Limit fast food to one time a week and don't supersize. -- Get physical: Walk or do something (anything!) for 30 minutes at least five days a week. -- Turn it off: Turn off the TV and computer at least one hour a night and do something fun on your own or with others. -- Say no to soda: Limit intake of soda and fruit juice and drink water or milk instead. -- Say yes to fresh: Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. A serving is one piece or one cup cooked. -- Portion your snacks: Don't eat from the box, bag or can. Pour out a serving and stick to that. -- Count on calcium: Teens need 1,300-1,500 milligrams of calcium a day. That could come in the form of milk or vegetables like broccoli and other appropriate food choices. -- Embrace iron: For optimum brain and body performance, teenage girls should embrace a well-balanced diet that contains iron-rich foods. -- Aim for fitness, not thinness: Don't skip meals. Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Not everyone is made to be thin -- but we can all be fit. -- Indulge once a week: If there's something you crave, eat it once a week, but in moderate portions. Anticipate it and make it special. Marshfield Clinic is helping to lead the way toward good health through better nutrition and fitness. Two years ago, Dr. McCauley began the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative that led to the development of a community-wide coalition that promotes the health of people living in the Marshfield area. The coalition is intended to be a model for communities across the country. Marshfield Clinic is the largest private group medical practice in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation.
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