September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
American College of Sports Medicine
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. Communities, health professionals, and families 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.
How can National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month make a difference?
We can all use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and show people how they can take steps 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.
- Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by supporting programs to prevent childhood obesity.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Take action to increase awareness about childhood obesity.
- Host a community cleanup event to help make a neighborhood park safer for children to be active.
- Send this e-card to parents in your organization about encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.
- Promote farm-to-school programs and school gardens. Encourage schools to join the HealthierUS School Challenge.
- Host a community fitness event where families can get active while learning about local health and fitness resources.
- Set an example by talking with family members and friends about eating healthy, getting enough physical activity, and limiting screen time.
- Share resources from Let’s Move! with local health clinics and community centers.
Adapted from The American College of Sports Medicine and Let’sMove.gov.
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