Did you know there was a Childhood Obesity Task Force? Their aim is to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. They have a new report and got input from 12 federal agencies. Citizens also weighed in with 2,500 submissions from parents, teachers, doctors, nurses and others. The Let’s Move program has a YouTube channel that you can check out.
The report makes recommendations on how to fight childhood obesity in 5 key areas:
- Getting children a healthy start on life which means good prenatal care.
- Empowering parents and caregivers with clear information to help make healthy choices for children
- Providing healthy food in schools and educating kids about healthy food choices.
- Improve access to healthy, affordable food and reducing hunger.
- Getting children more physically active which includes “improving access to safe parks, playgrounds, and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.”
I’m impressed by the effort and involvement of citizens and we’re glad that you’re building playgrounds around the country where kids can be active.
Please tell us ways your community is getting involved or what you’re doing as a parent to prevent obesity. As for me – my son is so skinny that so far it hasn’t been a worry – I worry more about keeping him well fed!
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