Obesity Declines in WA State
August 12, 2013
Washington State saw some hopeful news this week when the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 18 U.S. states and one territory had seen a decline in obesity rates among low income pre schoolers, ages 2-4 years, between 2008 and 2011. Washington State was among the group of states that saw a decline.
See the online Vital Signs report here: http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/ChildhoodObesity/
Although the CDC cannot definitively point to one particular cause for the dec;ine in rates, it did say that changes in our environment can be impactful when it comes to obesity prevention. Among its recommendations, the CDC states that State and Local Officials can make the following changes:
- Create partnerships with community members such as civic leaders and child care providers to make community changes that promote healthy eating and active living.
- Make it easier for families with children to buy healthy, affordable foods and beverages in their neighborhood.
- Help provide access to safe, free drinking water in places such as community parks, recreation areas, child care centers, and schools.
- Help local schools open up gyms, playgrounds, and sports fields during non-school hours so more children can safely play.
- Help child care providers use best practices for improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and decreasing computer and television time.
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition is currently working in all of these recommended areas for action. To join our efforts, please subscribe to our action alerts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and including “subscribe to alerts” in the subject line.