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Entries in Childhood Obesity (32)

Wednesday
Sep052012

Spread the Word: September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month 

This September, during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM), elected officials, educators, physicians, and concerned health club operators (and citizens) like you will have the opportunity to take a stand and fight childhood obesity.

“More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic,” according to COAM's website. “While obesity rates have soared among all age groups in this country, obesity is a particularly grave concern for children. Childhood obesity puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.” 

>> Do you want to get involved? There are many ways to get out your message, and a helpful toolkit (PDF) on how to get started is available online from COAM’s website.

Wednesday
Jul112012

What's Your Club Doing to Combat Childhood Obesity?

Is your club taking innovative steps to reduce childhood obesity? If so, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) wants to hear about it.

AJPM has launched its “Childhood Obesity Challenge," an online competition designed to provide new and creative solutions to this public health crisis. The Challenge is open to individuals or teams from any sector, and presents an outlet for innovative solutions to childhood obesity that are outside the standard framework of scientific research publications.

Winners will receive a cash prize and will be featured in the print and online editions of AJPM.

The deadline for submitting entries is 5 pm EDT Aug. 15, 2012. To submit an idea for reducing childhood obesity, or to learn more about the competition, visit ajpmchallenge.calit2.net/.

Wednesday
Oct052011

IHRSA supports Prevention and Public Health Fund

IHRSA added its signature to a sign-on letter from 100 national organizations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “Supercommittee”) asking them to not cut funding for American health promotion programs, in particular, the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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Wednesday
Aug312011

September = National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The most alarming rates of obesity in the U.S. are among children of all age groups. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11 and more than 23 million children and teenagers ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight.

This September, there is an extraordinary opportunity to build awareness and take action. Organizations across the country will plan and carry out activities that build awareness about childhood obesity and encourage action.

Now is a great time for your club to get involved nationally, as well as in your state, city and home. This toolkit provides information, web links and tools to promote and celebrate September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Learn more at www.healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org.

 

Wednesday
Aug312011

Obesity Still Growing: Half of US Obese by 2030

The most alarming rates of obesity in the U.S. are among children of all age groups. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11 and more than 23 million children and teenagers ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight. This September, there is an extraordinary opportunity to build awareness and take action. Organizations across the country will plan and carry out activities that build awareness about childhood obesity and encourage action.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

IHRSA Signs on to Support Let's Move in School  

IHRSA has signed on as an organizational supporter of Let’s Move in School (www.LetsMoveInSchool.org), an initiative to properly equip America's schools with the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully increase physical activity in our nation’s youth and fight childhood obesity.

The goal of Let’s Move in School is to ensure that every school provides a comprehensive physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation so that youth will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.  The program centers on enhancing and increasing before and after school activities, enriching physical education classes and boosting family and community involvement.

“IHRSA is proud to support this initiative,” says IHRSA President and CEO, Joe Moore. “Teaching young people the value of proper nutrition and exercise positions them well for any future success, and to maintain healthy habits as an adult.”

For more information on Let’s Move in School, log on to www.LetsMoveInSchool.org.

Monday
Dec062010

IHRSA CEO & President to Attend White House Briefing on Childhood Obesity

IHRSA President and CEO, Joe Moore is scheduled to attend an official White House briefing to share ideas on how the private sector can come together to help young people be more physically active. The briefing will be presented by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let’s Move!, and other senior administration officials.

“I look forward to the briefing and discussing how health clubs are an important resource,” says Moore. “Today, health clubs serve more than 4.8 million members under the age of 18—including 1 million between 6 and 12 years old, and just over 3 million between 13 and 17. So health clubs have an important role to play in the fight against childhood obesity.”

Wednesday
Oct062010

International Walk to School Day Emphasizes Physical Activity

Today is International Walk to School Day, an event sponsored by the Partnership for a Walkable America that aims to bring forth permanent change in regard to healthier habits and safer streets. Thousands of students, parents and communities representing more than 3,200 schools across America are celebrating the simple act of walking and bicycling to school. Similar events are being held in over forty other countries. The event encourages both children and adults to be more physically active and increase their opportunities for exercise.

The event captures two main goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign: 1. To increase physical activity in America’s youth and 2. To empower adults and parents to make healthier choices.

“Congratulations to all those participating in International Walk to School Day. By walking or biking to school, students, parents, teachers, and administrators all across America are getting active. It also helps kids get a head start on being active for 60 minutes each day, the goal set by the Presidential Active Lifestyle program. I know that by getting students moving, we can help ensure they will live full and healthy lives, and that is why I am so encouraged by all the events going on across our country this month,” said the First Lady in an official press release. 

A variety of different Walk to School events will be held nationwide today and throughout the month of October. To view the names and locations of registered U.S. schools participating in Walk to School Day 2010, visit www.walktoschool.org/who/index.cfm

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Wednesday
Sep012010

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

In recent months, both chambers of Congress passed an IHRSA-supported resolution designating September 2010 as the first-ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

The stated purpose of the resolution is 1) to raise public awareness and mobilize the country to address childhood obesity; 2) to recognize the importance of preventing childhood obesity and decreasing its prevalence in the United States; and 3) to request that the President issue a proclamation calling on the federal government, states, tribes and tribal organizations, localities, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, other entities, and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities with the goal of promoting healthy eating and physical activity and increasing awareness of childhood obesity among individuals of all ages and walks of life.

Wednesday
Aug252010

USPTA Strives to Ace Childhood Obesity

In coordination with “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is encouraging children across the country to get involved with tennis in order to form lifelong habits of fitness and good health. The USPTA has called upon its members to promote their tennis programs to kids in their area and get involved in the nationwide effort to curb childhood obesity.

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