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September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

American College of Sports Medicine

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One in 3 children in the United States are 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:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Tip for parents: get your kids involved in planning and cooking healthy meals. Find more tips at http://1.usa.gov/hnuGz4

Check out these 10 tips to help preschoolers build healthy mealtime habits. http://bit.ly/1WBemor

Use these tips to reduce your child’s screen time. http://1.usa.gov/69My6u

Make sure your child gets at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Get tips: http://1.usa.gov/3wnZMl

Since 1980, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled. Help your child stay at a healthy weight. http://1.usa.gov/LOWoNC

Tip for parents: make a physical activity plan for the whole family. http://1.usa.gov/bg6vTr

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. See how to get involved: http://bit.ly/1MphSyL

Make creative snacks for your kids, like "ants on a log" (celery with peanut butter and raisins). http://1.usa.gov/oFIXRJ

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Get Involved

Take action to increase awareness about childhood obesity.

  1. Host a community cleanup event to help make a neighborhood park safer for children to be active.
  2. Promote farm-to-school programs and school gardens. Encourage schools to join the HealthierUS School Challenge.
  3. Host a community fitness event where families can get active while learning about local health and fitness resources.
  4. Set an example by talking with family members and friends about eating healthy, getting enough physical activity, and limiting screen time.
  5. 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.
For more information and materials, contact the American College of Sports Medicine at coam@acsm.org.

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