Obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups, particularly among our youth. In fact, more than 23 million children and teenagers (ages 2-19) are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.
As alarming as this is, there are numerous opportunities to start changing this trend. The Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM) website offers a toolkit with statistics, sample news releases, social media messages, and sample letters to editors. Led by the American College of Sports Medicine, the COAM movement is diverse, inclusive, and anchored by grassroots efforts.
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What can you do?
- Eat more balanced meals and snacks
- Engage in physical activity more regularly
- Share your personal plan and commitment with family and friends of all ages
- Request a proclamation from your mayor and governor
What can schools do?
- Incorporate physical activity and nutrition into curricula
- Encourage staff and student wellness
- Support physical health and education programs
- Provide physical activity and extracurricular activities focused on healthy living
- Provide healthy food choices
- Encourage active transport to school
What can communities do?
- Provide and maintain safe sidewalks
- Consider green space and locations conducive to physical activity
- Endeavor to reduce pollution and improve air quality
- Emphasize public safety for increased outdoor walk and play
Now that you have the tools, how are you going to help fight childhood obesity in your community?