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Entries in Childhood Obesity (32)

Wednesday
May262010

September to Become National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September to Become National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to make September 2010 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The bill is currently awaiting signature from President Barack Obama. House Resolution 996 was introduced by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio-11) and was co-sponsored by 110 House representatives.

Speaking on the House Floor, Rep. Fudge said, “Dedicating at least one month out of each year to bring awareness to this issue of childhood obesity will help maximize the effect of programming, messaging, and campaigns all aligned with the sole purpose of eradicating childhood obesity.”

Watch a video of Rep. Fudge speaking on the House Floor in support of House Resolution 996.

Wednesday
May122010

White House Task Force Releases Childhood Obesity Plan

The plan focuses on five key areas determined by the task force, they include: prenatal care, empowering parents with nutritional information and community support, getting healthier foods into schools, increasing access to healthy foods in neglected urban and rural neighborhoods, and making sure that all kids are physically active.

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Wednesday
Apr282010

House Passes the FIT Kids Act

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives debated and passed the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids, H.R. 1585). The legislation, which amends elementary and secondary school regulations regarding physical activity, was introduced by Congressmen Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), and had 113 co-sponsors in the House. The bill is now before the Senate, where supporters are calling on Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who is the sponsor of the Senate version, to push for a vote.

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Wednesday
Apr142010

White House Holds Summit on Childhood Obesity

Participants at the summit were asked to present three to five ideas that could be considered by President Obama’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, which is currently developing an intra-agency plan to present to the President. The experts' advice and guidance would help the task force develop measurable benchmarks for fighting childhood obesity. The audience was particularly responsive to the suggestion of integration of short-bursts of activity into regular workplace and school routines.

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Wednesday
Apr072010

Frist, Booker to Vice Chair Partnership for a Healthier America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), the lead foundation in Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity has two new honorary vice chairs. Late last week, the first lady announced that Dr. Bill Frist, the former Senate Majority Leader, and Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey would be joining the work of the foundation, which seeks to serve as an independent, non-partisan organization that will mobilize the private sector, foundations, government officials, the media and others around the goals of the “Let’s Move” campaign.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

IHRSA Comments on Childhood Obesity Task Force

The Obama Administration is seeking ideas for the American people that can be used in the development of an action plan for the Let’s Move initiative. On behalf of the fitness industry, IHRSA submitted comments to the intra-agency Childhood Obesity Task Force. A partial summary of IHRSA’s comments on the four objectives of the Task Force is outlined below.

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Wednesday
Mar172010

Federal Government Seeking Public Input on Childhood Obesity

The work of the task force will complement the efforts of first lady Michelle Obama as she leads a national public awareness effort to tackle the issue. Through the first lady's Let's Move initiative, she will encourage involvement from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, as well as families to help support and amplify the work of the federal government in improving the health of the nation's children.

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Wednesday
Mar172010

Harkin Holds Hearing on Childhood Obesity

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) recently announced his intentions to develop a bipartisan bill aimed at curbing childhood obesity. Harkin held a hearing with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin at which lawmakers agreed on the need for action.

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Wednesday
Feb172010

IHRSA Vows Support of Let's Move Initiative

IHRSA pledged its support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and praised the First Lady for her leadership in tackling the problem of childhood obesity—a long-standing issue that threatens both the health of America’s children and the future of our country. “On behalf of the entire health club industry, IHRSA heartily commends Mrs. Obama for standing up and leading America in a nationwide effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA’s president and CEO.

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Wednesday
Feb102010

White House Launches "Let's Move" Task Force on Childhood Obesity

“We know that solving our obesity challenge won’t be easy and it won’t be quick, but make no mistake about it — this problem can be solved,” Mrs. Obama said at the event. “This isn’t like putting a man on the moon or inventing the Internet. It doesn’t take a stroke of genius or a feat of technology. We have everything we need right now to help our kids lead healthy lives.”

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