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Child Obesity

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Cedric Forbes

on 30 April 2010

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Child Obesity Whats the Problem? The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or wellbeing. What is it? NY Begins Tracking Obesity Levels In Schools Legislation passed in 2007 goes into effect this month, requiring public schools outside of New York City to collect and report a summary of students' weights and body mass indexes as part of an effort to combat childhood obesity. community organizations conducted a community assessment and have developed a work plan for reducing childhood obesity through improvements to the nutrition and physical activity environment. Examples of some of the environmental changes achieved through the coalition's work include providing refurbished bicycles and free helmets to local children, bicycle safety lessons and Family Fitness Nights at elementary schools. The Chemung County Health Department receives funding through the NYSDOH - Division of Nutrition to implement an Eat Well Play Hard Community Project in Chemung County IN Our Neck of the Woods South Carolina's legislature passed the Student Health and Fitness Act in the spring of 2005. Among other provisions related to student health, nutrition, physical education and fitness, the law requires all K-12 schools in the state to participate in the South Carolina Physical Education Assessment and requires that fitness reports be sent home to parents in the 5th and 8th grades and high school. Body mass index screening is not specifically mentioned in the legislation. Other State Policies
On a Federal Level On June 30, 2004, President Bush
signed The Child Nutrition and Women,
Infant, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act into law with the goal of creating an appropriate balance between encouraging healthy environments that will address the childhood obesity epidemic while preserving local control for states, communities, and schools. What Needs To Be Done Make sure schools keep healthy foods in their cafeterias Enable more space for pedestrians, such
as Sidewalks and trails Increase children activities by having them get more exercise
and developing more physical activy programs for them Establishes a student risk assessment program for type 2 diabetes in certain regions of the state that includes screening of body mass index for students identified by a noninvasive screening as at risk for type 2 diabetes.
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