September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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Healthy People, Healthy Places Newsletter - Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
September 4th, 2012

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

We can make changes to ensure our children live active, healthy lives.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem. In the 2007-2008, 17% of US children are obese, and certain groups of children are even more severely affected by this problem.
There is no single or simple solution to childhood obesity.  It is influenced by many different factors, including a lack of access to healthy food and drinks as well as limited opportunities for physical activity in the places where children live, play and learn. Working together, states, communities, and parents can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and adolescents.
National Childhood Awareness Month, image of children holding lunch trays (social media badge)
 
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM), and you can PLEDGE to SPREAD the word:
  • Follow @CDCObesity
  • Become a fan of CDC’s Facebook page
  • Share our posts throughout NCOAM with your fans, friends and followers
  • Tag your tweets #NCOAM to join the conversation
  • Embed the NCOAM badge on your web site
  • Send an e-card to your friends, family, neighbors and teachers
Learn more about what CDC's state-based programs are doing to fight childhood obesity:
  • Arizona is promoting the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative.
  • Georgia is promoting the Let's Move, Georgia Schools Challenge!  to encourage school performances of the "Move Your Body" dance by Beyonce.
  • Massachusetts  is featuring the Mass Children at Play initiative.
  • Nevada  is holding the 2012 Washoe County Obesity Forum.
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