Monthly Archives: September 2014

Want to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity? Start Here

Keep your family healthy and happy.

Keep your family healthy and happy.

Childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last thirty years. This is a dangerous statistic because childhood obesity can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease. It is dangerous for their health short-term and in the long run, because children that are obese are twice as likely to be obese as adults. Below NCART has provided six ways to prevent childhood obesity. We encourage you to incorporate these into your life and spread awareness to others.

  • Childhood obesity prevention begins at home, teaching the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. Provide your home with fruits, vegetable, whole grains, and protein, limiting the amount of junk food available.
  • Include children in grocery shopping and meal preparation and encourage them to help you find healthy and fun recipes. When they are more involved with packing their lunch or cooking dinner, they will be excited about healthy and wholesome meals.
  • Encourage children to get moving. Find a sport, indoor activity or outdoor activity they enjoy and do it often.
  • Use birthdays as an opportunity to provide children with items to encourage any physical activity they are capable of doing.
  • Limit screen time, which has been linked to obesity, violence, behavioral problems, irregular sleep, and poor academic performance. Use this guide on how much screen time should be allowed for children at different ages.
  • If you are concerned with your child’s weight, visit your pediatrician, who will provide you with advice on approaching the issue. They will measure the child’s Body Max Index (BMI) and determine if their body weight is adequate for their height. The goal is typically not to enforce weight loss, but rather to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage positive changes.

These are just a few ideas families can incorporate into their homes to prevent childhood obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle. Step by step, homes can become a place of health and happiness.

The National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology hopes to increase the availability for Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) for all children, adolescents, and adults in need. Visit our website to see how to get involved and help us gain support on a state and federal level.

What to Know During National Food Allergy Awareness Month

Be prepared wherever you go with this information.

Be prepared wherever you go.

September is Food Allergy Awareness Month and there is no better time to draw attention to the condition that affects approximately 15 million Americans. This number has increased by 50% from 1997 until 2011 for unknown reasons. With more people who suffer with a food allergy, we feel it is important for people to be aware of what a reaction looks like and what to do if one occurs. An individual who uses Complex Rehab Technology may require more attention if they are dealing with a food allergy. They must have someone ensure they do not come in contact with the offending food and monitor all substances they consume.

NCART values you and your overall health, which is why we want to provide ways to be safe against food allergies. We hope you find these helpful when caring for yourself or a loved one.

The eight most common food allergies that make up for 90% of all cases include:

  • Peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, milk, eggs, fish, and shellfish

If someone allergic to one of the above consumes even a small amount, they may suffer with:

  • Sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy or watering eyes, swelling, rash, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Symptoms of more severe cases may include:

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, dizziness, fainting, turning blue, and drop in blood pressure.

If you ever sense someone is having an allergic reaction, check for identification on a bracelet or piece of jewelry. Give them their auto-injector if they have it and call 911 immediately.  It is important for anyone with a food allergy to have their identification and up to date prescription with them at all times.  A caregiver for a CRT patient should ensure they always have their identification on them so others are aware of their condition when they may not be able to explain it. By being aware of the symptoms, you will better be able to identify a reaction and take measures necessary to ensure their safety.

Whether you use CRT or know someone who does, we encourage you to visit our site and learn about the current state and federal issues. Join in our efforts for the protection of CRT and we wish you a safe and healthy month!