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Michelle Obama childhood obesity action plan; events around the nation

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WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday morning releases a report, "Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation" with 70 proposals to reduce childhood obesity.

Click below for a summary of the recommendations and here for the full report package.

from the White House:
In conjunction with the release of the action plan, Cabinet Members and Administration Officials will hold events across the country to highlight the importance of addressing childhood obesity.

"For the first time, the nation will have goals, benchmarks, and measureable outcomes that will help us tackle the childhood obesity epidemic one child, one family, and one community at a time," Mrs. Obama said. "We want to marshal every resource - public and private sector, mayors and governors, parents and educators, business owners and health care providers, coaches and athletes - to ensure that we are providing each and every child the happy, healthy future they deserve."

Below, a summary of suggestions from the report....


SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY
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Recommendation 3.11: Where possible, use school gardens to educate students about healthy eating.
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Recommendation 3.12: Technical assistance should be provided to schools about how to a cafeteria and lunch room environment can support and encourage a healthful meal
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Recommendation 3.13: Schools should be encouraged to ensure that choosing a healthy school meal does not have a social cost for a child
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Recommendation 3.14: Schools should be encouraged to consider the impact of food marketing on education.
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Recommendation 3.15: School districts should be encouraged to create, post, and implement a strong local school wellness policy.
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Recommendation 3.16: Promote good nutrition through afterschool programs.
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Recommendation 3.17: Promote healthy behaviors in juvenile correctional and related facilities.
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IV. Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
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Recommendation 4.1: Launch a multi-year, multi-agency Healthy Food Financing Initiative to leverage private funds to increase the availability of affordable, healthy foods in underserved urban and rural communities across the country.
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Recommendation 4.2: Local governments should be encouraged to create incentives to attract supermarkets and grocery stores to underserved neighborhoods and improve transportation routes to healthy food retailers.
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Recommendation 4.3: Food distributors should be encouraged to explore ways to use their existing distribution chains and systems to bring fresh and healthy foods into underserved communities.
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Recommendation 4.4: Encourage communities to promote efforts to provide fruits and vegetables in a variety of settings and encourage the establishment and use of direct-to-consumer marketing outlets such as farmers' markets and community supported agriculture subscriptions.
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Recommendation 4.5: Encourage the establishment of regional, city, or county food policy councils to enhance comprehensive food system policy that improve health
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Recommendation 4.6: Encourage publicly and privately-managed facilities that serve children, such as hospitals, afterschool programs, recreation centers, and parks (including national parks) to implement policies and practices, consistent with the Dietary Guidelines, to promote healthy foods and beverages and reduce or eliminate the availability of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods
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Recommendation 4.7: Provide economic incentives to increase production of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as create greater access to local and healthy food for consumers.
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Recommendation 4.8: Demonstrate and evaluate the effect of targeted subsidies on purchases of healthy food through nutrition assistance programs.
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SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY
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Recommendation 4.9: Analyze the effect of state and local sales taxes on less healthy, energy-dense foods
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Recommendation 4.10: The food, beverage, and restaurant industries should be encouraged to use their creativity and resources to develop or reformulate more healthful foods for children and young people
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Recommendation 4.11: Increase participation rates in USDA nutrition assistance programs through creative outreach and improved customer service, state adoption of improved policy options and technology systems, and effective practices to ensure ready access to nutrition assistance program benefits, especially for children.
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V. Increasing Physical Activity
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Recommendation 5.1: Developers of local school wellness policies should be encouraged to include strong physical activity components, on par with nutrition components.
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Recommendation 5.2: The President's Challenge should be updated to ensure consistency with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and to ensure ease of use and implementation by schools. Private sector partners with an interest in physical activity should help enroll children in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award program
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Recommendation 5.3: State and local educational agencies should be encouraged to increase the quality and frequency of sequential, age- and developmentally- appropriate physical education for all students, taught by certified PE teachers
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Recommendation 5.4: State and local educational agencies should be encouraged to promote recess for elementary students and physical activity breaks for older students, and provide support to schools to implement recess in a healthy way that promotes physical activity and social skill development.
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Recommendation 5.5: State and local educational agencies should be encouraged to provide opportunities in and outside of school for students at increased risk for physical inactivity, including children with disabilities, children with asthma and other chronic diseases, and girls
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Recommendation 5.6: Federal, state, and local educational agencies, in partnership with communities and businesses, should work to support programs to extend the school day, including afterschool programs, which offer and enhance physical activity opportunities in their programs
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Recommendation 5.7: State and local educational agencies should be encouraged to support interscholastic sports and help decrease prohibitive costs of sports by curbing practices such as "pay-to-play," working with other public and private sector partners.
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Recommendation 5.8: Reauthorize a Surface Transportation Act that enhances livability and physical activity.
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Recommendation 5.9: The Environmental Protection Agency should assist school districts that may be interested in siting guidelines for new schools that consider the promotion of physical activity, including whether students will be able to walk or bike to school
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Recommendation 5.10: Communities should be encouraged to consider the impacts of built environment policies and regulations on human health.
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Recommendation 5.11: The Federal Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) should be continued and enhanced to accommodate the growing interest in implementing Safe Routes to Schools plans in communities.
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Recommendation 5.12: "Active transport" should be encouraged between homes, schools, and community destinations for afterschool activities, including to and from parks, libraries, transit, bus stops, and recreation centers.
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Recommendation 5.13: Increase the number of safe and accessible parks and playgrounds, particularly in underserved and low-income communities
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Recommendation 5.14: The Federal government should continue to support investments in a wide range of outdoor recreation venues, such as National Parks, Forests, Refuges and other public lands, and expand opportunities for children to enjoy these venues.
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Recommendation 5.15: Local governments should be encouraged to enter into joint use agreements to increase children's access to community sites for indoor and outdoor recreation
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Recommendation 5.16: The business sector should be encouraged to consider which resources and physical assets like fields and gyms can be used to increase students' access to outdoor and indoor recreational venues
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Recommendation 5.17: Entertainment and technology companies should continue to develop new approaches for using technology to engage children in physical activity

7 Comments

I think you are going too far on this issue!! In my opinion you are sending out the wrong message to people. Not everyone in this world is obese and to make people believe this is dangerous! We already have kids who are starving themselves because they think they are too fat. I feel that is what you are telling people. Especially if you think that your own children are not, which is the message you are conveying to them.

Fouke Elementary, in 2008, already implemented a program to reduce childhood obesity and diabetes. With a SNAP nutrition grant, before and after school extra-curricular activities and engaging students during non-instructional time Fouke Elementary reduced the Body Mass Index of males by 23% and female students bt 17% in one year. Our campus has already presented at a couple state conferences, I Skyped to a regional conference in Dallas Texas this past April and on August 11, 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina I will present at a Tri-Regional Conference(Southeast, Southwest & Mountain Plains Regions)to outline our Formula for a Healthy School Model. (extra note): 69% free & reduced students in our school, yet attendance and academic proficiency have grown as students have been authentically engaged in a healthy lifestyle.

Ken Endris, Principal
Fouke Elementary
Fouke School District
Fouke, Arkansas
office: 870-653-7883
cell: 903-824-7829

I am so excited that you are taking on this challenge. Healthy eating is a lifestyle, not a diet, it is being responsible to yourself, and all those who love you, and whom you love.

I applaud you, Michelle Obama.

This is a crusade that we all must embrace.

I am retiring after 37 years, as an elementary teacher. I am looking for my new passion, my new purpose. This is it. How can I help?

Susan Kennedy
San Diego, Ca.

Just go after the big coorporations who are ultimately causing our next generations to be mindless consumers for their own profit. It's the only answer. But it will never happen.

I am pleased that Michelle Obama is working to combat obesity. In order for Americans to reverse the trend, they will need to pay attention to what they are eating. Schools help but parents are essential to educate themselves and make changes in everyday habits. I thought I was a pretty healthy eater until I recently watched Food, Inc. Corn syrup and sugar is in everything! What can we do? Eat fresh, local fruits and vegetables and try to find beef and chicken that is fed and raised in a natural environment. Our inattention to these matters is making some companies very rich and Americans obese and unhealthy. Watch Food, Inc. for more information.

I think what you are doing is wonderful. The person above that stated we are going to far has never sat in an emergency room with a 7 year old child that couldn't breathe because they were so heavy, or coded a child that had heart problems due to obesity. We aren't pointing a finger at young people saying "you are to heavy, go throw up, we are saying those that are seriously obese have a severe problem. The ones that have an image problem need psychiatric help, not a weight loss program. I commend you if you are one of those parents that feed your children correctly and make them play instead of sit at a computer 24 hours a day.Kids don't know what it is to actually throw a ball and have a good time outside. Obesity has become a major problem, not only in children, but in adults as well. Every time I coach a person in weight loss, blood pressure contol, heart failure, and diabetes, it always ends in a little prayer that person listens and lives.

I have a great idea to help with this goal. How do I find a grant? Grand Terrace, California. Special project for obese children in my community. Help! I can employ at-risk teenagers. It's a great idea I hold dear, and I'm hoping to obtain a grant and be the administration director of the project. I need a grant. Is there anything available?

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