Sunday cartoon: Healthy habits for kids in the new year


BURRILLVILLE – It’s the start of a brand new year and with this in mind, this Sunday’s cartoon wants to remind kids about healthy habits.

Millions of people are making resolutions for the New Year, and most of those resolutions are focused on health and fitness. On the other hand, children are facing many health concerns and issues that directly impact their lives during adolescence years and also carry over into adulthood. Childhood obesity is a real problem in this country that will eventually have a negative impact on health services in the future.

We all know that nutrition and exercise are important, but most of the time that isn’t the reality of how we live our lives. When it comes to kids, the most important thing, other than their safety, is their overall health. The popular Itty Bitty Super Dupers cartoon characters focus on a variety of topics related to children. A primary campaign is their “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!” campaign. Another is their SunSmart Safety campaign that reaches out to kids about skin cancer prevention and heat related danger topics during the hot summer months. Everyone already loves their Halloween Safety Campaign during the months of September and October every year too.

The Itty Bitty Super Dupers Healthy Habits campaign helps promote nutritious foods and drinks as well as safe sports activities and exercising for kids. Milk is a very effective drink that helps little kids develop strong bones, teeth and heart in their early years. Children should be drinking at least two cups of milk every single day so they can grow strong and stay healthier. The Itty Bitty Super Dupers also love pizza and ice cream, but they don’t eat those foods everyday of the week. Milk on the other hand, should be on every child’s daily menu along with exercise and physical activities. Sitting at a computer or cell phone for hours on end playing video games or participating on social networks should not occupy all of their time. Engage your kids in sports and artistic activities as often as possible. It helps keep their bodies and minds active with positive results. Over the next year, the Itty Bitty Super Dupers will be featured on Sunday cartoons helping kids be friendly, safer and healthier in their daily lives. Watch for them here!

Have a happy and safe New Year everybody! 

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades. Jim was also appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide.

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