New Mexico Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR)

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New Mexico Extension's Just Be It! Healthy and Fit Program

  • Reduces childhood obesity risk factors by implementing prevention techniques identified by World Health Organization (2003)
  • Provides nutrition education to students, teachers, and parents
  • Teaches students to make nutritious food choices like fruits and vegetables
  • Teaches students to choose appropriate serving sizes of food
  • Helps parents and teachers support healthy food choices for children
  • Promotes regular physical activity
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles for children and families
  • Funded by a grant from USDA/NIFA Children, Youth and Families at Risk Program (CYFAR)

Obesity rates for children have increased.

  • In 1971 in United States about 5% of children aged 2-19 were obese
  • By 2002 nearly 15% of children were considered obese
  • In New Mexico, the rate of childhood overweight and obesity for children aged 10-17 is 32.7% according to a 2007 National Survey of Children's Health

Obesity is a significant risk factor for a variety of chronic diseases in adults, including:

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • heart disease and stroke
  • gallbladder disease
  • certain types of cancer

  • 37% increase in diabetes in New Mexico from 1990 to 2000
  • Type 2 diabetes, previously considered an adult disease, has increased dramatically in children and teens

Related Publications & Reports

Childhood Overweight - What a Parent Can Do pdf

Parents' Feelings about Overweight Children pdf

Impact Reports for New Mexico Cooperative Extension's Plan of Work for Just Be It! Healthy & Fit

Childhood Obesity Prevention: Review of Research Literature-University of Delaware Cooperative Extension