President Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in 2010. Since then, the President and First Lady have served to raise awareness and affect change through the Let’s Move! Campaign.

Nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. This staggering statistic prompted our nation’s leaders to take action and safeguard our future. “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. Childhood obesity is a product of our system. As it negatively affects our children’s health, it in turn impacts our nation.

Instead of placing blame with one specific group, the First Lady believes the solution to this challenging problem is a collaborative effort. While parents serve as role models to their kids, other groups such as schools, elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and chefs can contribute by educating kids and offering better, healthier options.

Another large component to necessary change is providing families with information. The FDA recently finalized an improved Nutrition Facts label that is easier to read and understand for the everyday consumer. First Lady Michelle shared her excitement for the new packaged food label at this year’s Partnership for a Healthier America Summit. “I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” she said. “Very soon – you will no longer need a microscope, a calculator, or a degree in nutrition to figure out whether the food you’re buying is actually good for our kids.”

Contributions at every level are important to improve our system. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a nation to raise a healthy child. This month, and always, we are encouraged to take action and do our part to reduce childhood obesity.  Visit www.letsmove.gov to find out how you can make a difference!

 

Sources: www.letsmove.gov