September Marks Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 11, 2013

Child Obesity

Michael Omidi joins in the crusade with children fighting obesity during September’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

In the wake of Let’s Move! Initiative, a program moving to raise a healthier generation of kids by First Lady Michelle Obama, September has been marked as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

According to a September 4th press release, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services look to build the efforts to combat obesity in America’s Youth. Children who struggle with obesity develop health concerns later in life including type two diabetes and heart disease.

As Dr. Michael Omidi began his non-profit charity called the Children Obesity Fund, he stands behind the idea of a month dedicated to this epidemic. One in every three children between the ages of 2 and 19 in the country are overweight or suffer from obesity which has increased in the last three decades. This tallies to 23 million kids according to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services.

Higher numbers are routinely found in the Black and Latino communities that almost 40 percent of these groups of children are obese or overweight.

According to a report completed by Centers for Disease and Prevention, their statistics have displayed a decrease in obesity with low income children in 19 states and territories.

The FLOTUS’ created five goals in her initiative that focus on eating healthy and increasing physical activity while the children are at play.

This month, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will push efforts to encourage families to alter eating habits, like keeping fresh fruit within a child’s reach or going on a walk after dinner is over. This department also plans to encourage teachers and administrators to provide nutrition and to ensure physical activity is a part of the student’s daily routine.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services urge doctors and nurses to be in the forefront as a supporting outlet for childhood obesity. Local communities around the country are taking part of the awareness month by hosting different events like jobs, hikes and other physical activities.

During the National Child Obesity Awareness Month and all year long, the Department of Health & Human Services provide the following programs to improve and preserve American children’s health:

  • The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award: This six-week program is to spearhead physical activity and good nutrition from children ages six and up.
  • “I Can Do It, You Can Do It!”: This program helps children with disabilities to be active. Rates of obesity are 38 percent higher than children who lack disabilities.
  • We Can! (The acronym meaning Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition): Is an educational program that provides parents, caregivers and communities a method of maintaining a healthy weight.

By Michael Omidi

 

Child Obesity Awareness Month

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