September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Approximately one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for life-threatening and costly health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The problem is not distributed evenly across the population: childhood obesity among preschoolers is more prevalent among children of color and Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 6/29/16

Find Summer Meals in Your Community Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. This mapping tool created by the USDA can help families see where free summer meals for children are distributed in their communities. Within Continue reading

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Coca Cola Breaks its Pledge Not to Market to Kids

Dismayingly, but not surprisingly, The Coca Cola Company frequently violates their own pledge to no longer market to children. The policy on their website sounds nice at face value, but is vague enough to allow them to continue directing advertising efforts to young children: ”We have a global Responsible Marketing Policy that covers all our Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 1/27/16

Can Babies Be Obese? In this piece, NPR’s Barbara King speaks with medical professionals from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to find out if babies can be born obese. In short, yes they can. A baby at or over the 95th percentile is considered obese, but doctors don’t usually intervene unless a high BMI is Continue reading