Many children and young adults make weight-control part of their New Year’s Resolution. It’s important to provide quality information so youth can make healthy decisions. Check out WIN (Weight-control Information Network) from the National Institute of Health at http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/.
This government website focuses on “up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutrition issues”. Explore resources specifically geared to youth.
Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers is an online booklet that discusses steps to becoming healthy including a healthy diet and exercise. Go to http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/take_charge.htm.
Charge Up! Is an online booklist focusing on healthy snacks and meals for teens. Go to http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/chargeUp.htm.
The Binge Eating Disorder online booklist provides information about the hazards and consequences of binge eating. Go to http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/binge.htm.
The Resources sections provides links to many more resources. Go to http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/resources/index.htm. You can also follow the project at Facebook.
Promote healthy habits through library bulletin boards, displays, and activities. Keep in mind that weight concerns can be a sensitive issue with children. Read Helping Your Overweight Child at http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/over_child.htm for ideas. Check out an infographic on childhood obesity at http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/infographic/childhood_obesity.htm.
The WIN project will send up to 100 copies of their booklets FREE to distribute in your library. They would be great for classroom informational reading activities.