|President Obama has named childhood obesity one of the most urgent health issues faced by the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly one in three American children are either overweight or obese, and this rate has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents within the past 30 years.It is each and every community’s responsibility to ensure their children aren’t destined to a life plagued by the health problems associated with childhood obesity, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer, to name a few. This e-newsletter discusses ways in which cities and counties can fight the childhood obesity epidemic by promoting a culture of wellness within their communities.|
Promoting healthy lifestyles in your community
Healthy habits are key to combating and preventing childhood obesity. Here are some things you can do to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles in your town.
As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It also takes a community to raise healthy, fit and active kids. By working together, we can be sure our children have access to healthier choices for a better start.
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