HARTZ Physical Therapy

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October 2013

Childhood Obesity Awareness:

Why Is It So Important?


One in four adolescents in our country is overweight.
Statistically speaking, seventy to eighty percent of these 
kids will go on to become obese adults.


Overweight and obesity are risk factors for a multitude of health-related problems, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and
even certain types of cancer. 


In addition to contributing to certain disease states, extra pounds put added stress on joints, which can easily lead to pain and dysfunction -- even during every day activities like walking or climbing steps.


By spreading awareness and providing education about childhood obesity, the hope is to create healthier lives for our kids by reversing the alarming trends we're seeing in our society.


Various factors can influence the likelihood of a child becoming overweight. One of the most common mistakes that can lead a youngster down this path is skipping breakfast. Fortunately, this
can be one of the easiest mistakes to fix.



The Most Important Meal of the Day


"Eat your breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day."   

Why do we always hear this?

nullImagine the body is a car. After a long night of sleeping, its gas tank is empty. Like gas in a car, breakfast is the fuel that gets you going at the start of the day so you can hit the road. For some good breakfast ideas, click here


Parents: Your Children Are Watching You

As a parent, you are a family leader. You are your children's most important role model -- especially when it comes to making healthy choices.

Make it a priority everyday to be active with your kids for 30-60 minutes. Walking the dog briskly, riding bike, and playing tag in the backyard are all fun ways to get the family moving! 

For more tips on being a good health role model to your children click here.



Physical Therapy Can Help

Childhood obesity can lead to secondary conditions such as joint pain and problems, stress on ligaments and strength deficits.


Physical therapists are experts in how the body moves. A physical therapist can create an individualized plan to get your child started
on a good path to exercise health. At HARTZ PT, we can go the extra mile to help your child achieve his or her exercise goals through our Medically Adapted Gym


To schedule an appointment, call or visit one of our three clinics
today or send us an email to request more information.  
No physician referral is necessary.



How Can You Take Action Today?


When trying to address an issue, no matter how big or small, often the most dangerous action of all is inaction


We have a solution! Take part in a family-friendly, healthy activity this weekend.  Sign the family up for HARTZ Physical Therapy's Fall Blast 5K Run/Walk, which will be held this Saturday, October 5th, at 9:00 am at Bonfield Elementary School in Lititz.


All proceeds benefit Power Packs Project. Show your kids the importance of giving back to your local community by helping less fortunate kids get and stay healthy, too!

For event details or to register the whole family click here


Fall Blast 2012 Kids' Fun Run pictured above. -- Sign up for this year's Fun Run. Crafts, t-shirts, food and fun giveaways included!

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HARTZ Physical Therapy has offices to serve you
in Lititz, Lancaster and Ephrata.

For more information visit www.hartzpt.com

or call or visit any of our three locations.
100 Highlands Dr. 
Lititz, PA   

90 Good Dr.
Lancaster, PA  

1635  W. Main St.

Ephrata, PA