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5-2-1-Almost None
5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily
2 hours or less of TV or video games daily
1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily
Almost None. Limit sugar-sweetened drinks to almost none!

What do you need to know?

Child obesity is a national problem. In 2012, one third of America’s children and adolescents were obese or overweight according to their Body Mass Index number (BMI). Being an overweight or obese puts children at extremely high risks for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, joint problems, sleep apnea, low self-esteem, stroke and various types of cancers. Today, 70% of the overweight or obese youth population has at least one risk factor that would lead to at least one of these illnesses.

What you can do!

We can overcome child obesity by making healthier lifestyle choices. There are so many easy and accessible ways to get your child active! Whether it’s taking a walk, riding a bike, or running a trail, by being active you are helping to make your child a healthier person.

Where do you start?

You came to the right place! Lighten Up Lancaster wants to help you find the best way for your family to get moving! This page is full of helpful links to help you make being active fun and easy for you and your child! First, use the link below to get tips on how easy ways to make your home the healthiest home it can be. The USAA Educational Foundation website is filled with all kinds of quick, and easy to read information, that parents can use to raise healthy and happy children. Click here for 30 everyday tips to promote a healthier lifestyle. Try our sample two week menu for a family of four.


The 10-week, family-centered program is taught by a team of specialists and focuses on three areas of wellness: exercise, nutrition and emotional well-being. It also provides emotional support in a safe and nurturing environment, as families take the necessary steps toward a healthier future.  Scholarships are available! To register or for more information visit the Shapedown webpage or  contact Lori Good at (717) 544-0600.

Get moving Lancaster

Lighten Up Lancaster has created a guide with 225, free or low cost, places in Lancaster with fun options for physical activities. The guide is complete with trails, pools, parks in Lancaster County, as well as nutritional guides. Just pick the ones you want to try! Click here to access our Lancaster On The Move guide.

What to eat?

Eating healthy is extremely important, but finding recipes that your children like can be frustrating. Lighten Up Lancaster has created a delicious and nutritious cookbook to make cooking healthy delicious and simple for you! 


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Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition is a group of concerned individuals, organizations and employers, in partnership with Lancaster General Health, who want to increase the number of children and adults in Lancaster County who are at a healthy weight.

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