Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Childhood obesity is a significant, growing problem that has severe health consequences for our nation’s youth. According to the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President (Adobe Reader is required. Download a free copy here.), obesity has more than tripled among children and adolescents since 1980, from 5% to 17%. Recent approaches to address the problem have focused on increasing family involvement and access to recreational activities to build healthier lifestyles.

The featured Innovations describe programs that used a family-centered approach and referrals to community exercise programs to promote healthy weight among children and adolescents.

The featured QualityTools provide policymakers, physicians, and parents with resources and information to manage and prevent childhood obesity.

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