Obesity Prevention and Children's Health
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to reducing the prevalence of obesity and the long-term health risks to children and families by promoting healthy food choices and exercise. To assist you, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) regional office in San Francisco compiled children’s health informational websites to increase awareness among our grantees and partners.
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese (White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, 2010). The numbers are higher in African American and Hispanic communities, and nearly 40 percent of the children are overweight or obese (White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, 2010). Children who are overweight may experience immediate health consequences which can lead to weight-related health problems in adulthood, including heart disease and diabetes. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative (www.letsmove.gov/) reduces this epidemic through comprehensive strategies dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation and putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years.
We hope these children’s health informational websites will be helpful in guiding your efforts to educate staff, families and children on the health risks of childhood obesity and the many ways to prevent this epidemic through healthy food choices and exercise. If you would like more information, please contact Callen Kurpinsky at Callen.Kurpinsky@acf.hhs.gov or (415) 437-7571.
Let’s Move! Child Care
Office of Head Start
I Am Moving, I Am Learning
Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play
U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Food and Nutrition Service
WIC Works, USDA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Children’s Health Webpage
Office of Women’s Health, HHS
Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, HHS
Food and Drug Administration, HHS
Center for Disease Control, HHS
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse