Thursday, September 4, 2014

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month


Use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and share information and ideas on creative solutions happening here in Colorado. You can make a difference for children by increasing awareness and encouraging communities, organizations, families and individuals to get involved.
 
Over the past four decades, childhood obesity has more than tripled and nearly 1 in 4 children in Colorado is overweight or obese. In 2009, Colorado spent more than $1.6 billion treating diseases and conditions related to obesity. If the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise, the long-term costs will skyrocket as will the loss to families and individuals as their loved ones suffer from preventable diseases caused by obesity.

Childhood obesity can be prevented. We know that healthy behaviors and the environment are strong predictors of health outcomes. Together, we can create a state where Colorado's children are eating healthier and moving more, which will pay dividends in the future.

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