National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

HHS: September 4, 2013

During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month every September, we look to intensify our efforts to combat obesity among America’s youth. Childhood obesity puts too many of our children at greater risk for developing serious health problems later in life, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s a national epidemic that also undermines our kids’ ability to succeed in the classroom, which undercuts our country’s future.

We are encouraged by recent reports that we are making some progress to reverse this epidemic. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report  shows that obesity among low-income preschoolers has declined slightly in 19 states and territories. In addition, a new report on schools shows improvements to classroom approaches on nutrition and physical activity.

This modest success drives us to working even harder to sustain and improve this progress for all children. Read More