Did you know one in five children in the United States suffers from obesity? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. This September, we can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active. Make a difference for kids: spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families and individuals to get involved. We can all use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and show people how they can help work toward a solution.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage families to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit within reach or going on a family walk after dinner.
- Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier. Help them provide healthy food options and daily physical activities for students.
- Doctors and nurses: become leaders in your communities by raising awareness and supporting programs to prevent childhood obesity.