For people watching their waistline, the numbers are far from appetizing. Nationally, one out of every three children is considered overweight or obese. Similarly, 65 percent of adults in Florida are at an “unhealthy weight,” according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
More food for thought: Only 36 percent of Floridians are at a “healthy weight.” At that pace, by 2030 nearly 60 percent of people across the state will be obese. Also, six of every 10 children born today will be obese by the time they graduate high school.
Dr. Kevin Sherin, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, is pushing especially hard these days for change.
“Making a commitment to eating healthier is one of the top steps you can take to improve your overall health,” Sherin says.
What’s more, Sherin is putting the focus on the very young, including newborns.
March is National Nutrition Month, sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is "Go Further with Food," with the campaign emphasizing the enduring benefits of making informed eating choices. The academy’s official reasoning: Informed eating goes further than choosing the most nutritious options – eating choices can also conserve money, save time and reduce food waste.
Making a commitment to eating healthier is one of the top steps you can take to improve your overall health. — Dr. Kevin Sherin, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County
In Orange County, Sherin and others are using the opportunity to place special attention on the Women, Infants and Children program, federally funded to provide a variety of services at no cost to the public, such as healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services.
Essentially, registered dietitians and nutritionists help families develop lifelong healthy eating habits through one-on-one counseling an