One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. 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. You can help by promoting strategies to prevent childhood obesity during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September.
With this and other National Health Observance toolkits offered on healthfinder.gov, we’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. The toolkits provide resources for organizations like schools, healthcare providers, health departments, and more to raise awareness about critical public health issues, like childhood obesity.
This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example
- Add information about obesity prevention to your newsletter.
- Tweet about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
- Host a community event where families can be active while learning about local health resources.
- Become a partner of We Can!, a national movement to help children ages 8 to 13 stay at a healthy weight.
Learn how you can make a difference in your community by participating in this Healthy People eLearning Lesson. Find out how one community is using a cross-sector approach to address childhood obesity — and earn free continuing education for participating.
By raising awareness about childhood obesity, we can all work together to help kids grow up healthy.