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International Walk to School Day October 4, 2017 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Healthy Living

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Healthy Kids Healthy Communities program joins schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day Wednesday, October 4th. « read more »



Imagination Playground in Socorro County September 25, 2017 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

Healthy Kids Socorro County has been awarded an Imagination Playground in a Cart™, an innovative playground equipment system, thanks to a grant provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico and national non-profit KaBOOM!. The playground equipment will be unveiled Thursday, Sept 21 at the S... « read more »



Childhood Obesity Awareness Month September 7, 2017 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health recognizes September as ‘National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month’ and promotes healthy eating and active living strategies for families, schools, and communities to work together to help prevent childhood obesity. « read more »



Childhood Obesity Is a Major Public Health Problem September 14, 2016 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Healthy Living

It is a problem that weighs heavily on New Mexico – literally. Rates of obesity remain high for adults and children alike in New Mexico. « read more »



Downward Trend in Childhood Obesity in the Last 5 Years March 21, 2016 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

Numbers released today by the New Mexico Department of Health show childhood obesity has decreased over the past five years in both kindergartners and third graders. Between 2010 and 2015, there was a 16 percent reduction in childhood obesity among third graders, and a ten percent reduction in kinde... « read more »



Expanding Efforts to Help More Kids Eat Healthy, Stay Fit September 24, 2015 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Healthy Living

Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced an expansion of Healthy Kids New Mexico, a series of initiatives designed to provide families, children, and communities throughout the state with more resources and education for healthier eating and more active lifestyles. Through more efficient use of fed... « read more »



Childhood Obesity a Problem for Parents Too September 18, 2015 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

September is National Childhood Obesity Month – and with good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five children in America is obese, and with that fact comes nothing but trouble for children. « read more »



Our Kids Are Shrinking, and That’s a Good Thing March 25, 2015 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

It is a subject that continues to weigh heavily in New Mexico – literally: Obesity. Obesity is a common, serious, and costly health problem, but the New Mexico Department of Health and its many health partners on the local and state level are working to control and prevent it. Their most recent... « read more »



Decrease in Childhood Obesity March 17, 2015 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that childhood obesity rates among New Mexico 3rd grade students continue to decline, with a 20 percent decrease since 2010. In 2010, 22.6 percent of 3rd grade students were obese, compared to 18.1 percent in 2014. Also, for the first time since t... « read more »



Decrease Reported in New Mexico Obesity Rate September 5, 2014 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

New data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed a decrease in the prevalence of self-reported obesity among New Mexico adults in 2013 over the year before. New Mexico is one of only fourteen U.S states and territories to report a decrease. « read more »



Local Students Get a Taste of Something New March 12, 2014 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Healthy Living

As part of the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal. This is something the New Mexico Department of Health’s Healt... « read more »



Decline in Childhood Obesity Rates in 3rd Graders March 11, 2014 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Information

The New Mexico Department of Health announced childhood obesity rates among New Mexico 3rd graders declined measurably from 2010 through 2013. The Department found a 12 percent decrease during that time, going from 22.6% of obese 3rd graders in 2010 to 19.9% in 2013. Obesity rates among Native Ameri... « read more »



Restaurants Encourage Healthy Eating on the Go December 25, 2013 - Healthy Kids New Mexico - Healthy Living

Most restaurants are closed this Christmas day, but come tomorrow it will be back to business as usual. That means many of us headed back to office Thursday or off for the holiday break are likely to eating out later this week. We’ll do it as too many New Mexico children and adults are living at... « read more »