National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

American College of Sports Medicine

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One in 5 children in the United States are 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 help work towards 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. See how at

Check out these 10 tips to help preschoolers build healthy mealtime habits.

Help your kids get active! Use these tips to reduce their screen time.

Make sure your child gets at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Get tips:

Since 1980, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled. Help your child stay at a healthy weight.

Tip for parents: make a physical activity plan for the whole family.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. See how to get involved:

Try out creative snacks for your kids, like "ants on a log" (celery with peanut butter and raisins)!

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Get Involved

Take action to increase awareness about childhood obesity.

  1. Host a community event in a local park to get neighborhood kids playing outside.
  2. Promote farm-to-school programs and school gardens.
  3. Host a community 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.

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