Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative Begun By HHS
Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative, has been
announced by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Laura Bush delivered the keynote address during the National Prevention
Summit, which targets obesity prevention and the promotion of healthy
weight for children. The annual HHS-hosted, cross-sector event
highlights new approaches to prevention and health promotion.
starts with good habits. By educating ourselves about our bodies
– and by taking simple steps to protect them – we can
prevent or delay some of today's most common and devastating health
conditions," said First Lady Laura Bush.
government is working to address one of the greatest dangers to
America's young people: childhood overweight and obesity. Nearly one in
five school-age children in the United States is overweight and the
problem seems to be getting worse. Today, the Department of Health and
Human Services is launching a new effort – led by the acting
surgeon general – to coordinate and expand our government's
existing childhood-overweight and -obesity prevention programs."
prevalence of childhood overweight is increasing, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Preventiondata from two National Health
and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) (1976-1980 and 2003-2004).
For children aged 2-5 years, the prevalence increased from 5.0 percent
to 13.9 percent; for those aged 6-11 years, prevalence increased from
6.5 percent to 18.8 percent; and for those aged 12-19 years, prevalence
increased from 5.0 percent to 17.4 percent.
children have a higher risk of being overweight or obese as adults, and
facing the health problems that can result,’’ HHS Secretary
Mike Leavitt said. "Parents, government officials, community and
education leaders must work together to help the children. I’m
pleased that Rear Admiral Steven Galson, the acting surgeon general, is
leading this important initiative."
As chair of
HHS’ Childhood Overweight and Obesity Coordinating Council, Rear
Admiral Galson will work with HHS officials and community stakeholders
as they develop and foster programs that share the goal of providing
options for community-based interventions. The programs include:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide;
- National Institutes of Health’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) program;
- Indian Health Service’s diabetes prevention activities;
- Food and Drug Administration’s Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices activities; and
- President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’ National Fitness Challenge.
Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play, announced by Mrs.
Bush, will help Head Start programs evaluate their playgrounds, and
educate children and their families about the value of healthy food and
structured physical activity. HHS’ Administration for Children
and Families (ACF) will oversee a competition for a $12 million,
four-year grant to establish the center and will allocate up to $10
million to fund the construction or improvement of Head Start
childhood is the best time to instill healthy habits," said Daniel
Schneider, ACF acting assistant secretary. "Childhood obesity has
enormous implications for individual development. This initiative will
help to reduce the number of children at risk for becoming obese."
the National Prevention Summit, nine organizations and businesses that
have implemented creative health promotion and chronic disease
prevention programs were honored as national Innovation in Prevention
to the award recipients on their ingenuity and teamwork," said
Secretary Leavitt. "Their efforts reinforce how important it is that we
think creatively, join forces and learn from each other in order to
make a collective impact on our nation’s health and future."
2007 Innovation in Prevention Award Winners:
Cooking with Kids Inc., Santa Fe, N.M.
Cooking with Kids
Healthy Children Task Force, Cambridge, Mass.
Healthy Living Cambridge Kids
Faith- and Community-based
Douglas County Health Department and Interfaith health Service, Omaha, Neb.
Latinas en Acción
Healthy Workforce, Large Employer
Florida Power & Light Company, Juno, Fla.
West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC)
Health Care Delivery System
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
Fit Kids and TIPPs for Kids
Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, Ind.
Healthy Workforce, Small Employer
Lincoln Industries, Lincoln, Neb.
Lincoln Industries Wellness Initiative
University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Merritt Athletic Clubs, Baltimore, Md.
Get Fit Maryland
Additional information on the 2007 Innovation in Prevention Award winners can be found at www.cdc.gov/cochp/conference/prevention_awards.htm.