Each September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM), which gives elected officials, educators, physicians, and you the opportunity to take a stand and fight childhood obesity. Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States - triple the rate from just one generation ago. Childhood obesity puts America’s children at early risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.
But it’s not too late to turn this epidemic around. Communities can work together to promote healthy lifestyles for children by:
To help you take action this September an online toolkit has resources and quick, easy ideas for bringing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month to your community. If you’re concerned about how childhood obesity effects your community you can check out the toolkit and partner with other organizations in your community also focused on childhood obesity. You can also: