National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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September is also the beginning of the Fall season. Many fruits and vegetable are being harvested and prepared for consumption. What you eat is what you are. Eating fresh grown produce as part of every meal is an excellent way to keep your family healthy, wealthy and wise. A healthy body operates more effective and efficient and helps combat the problems of obesity, especially in childhood obesity.

A young child has no choice in how they eat. It is the responsibility of good parents to feed healthy foods to their children. Why is that not happening near enough in the best of times? How did a word so vital to life as “vegetables” become a word to be frowned upon by our youth? How can some parents feed and watch their children eat and eat the wrong foods, putting on pound after pound, until they are obese? That's suicidal isn't it? If things do not change immediately, this will be the first generation in our history to grow up less healthy than their parents.

Particular racial and ethnic groups are more severely impacted, as are certain regions of the country. In addition, obesity can be influenced by a number of environmental and behavioral factors, including unhealthy eating patterns and too little physical activity at home and at school. Take the pledge and "Let's Move!"

One of the greatest responsibilities we have as a Nation is to safeguard the health and well-being of our children. We now face a national childhood obesity crisis, with nearly one in every three of America's children being overweight or obese. There are concrete steps we can take right away as concerned parents, caregivers, educators, loved ones, and a Nation to ensure that our children are able to live full and active lives. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, I urge all Americans to take action to meet our national goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Presidential Proclamation!

We must do more to halt and reverse this epidemic. Locally grown fruits and vegetables provides the proper nutrition that is lacking in junk food and so many fast-food meals.

Take time to visit local farms and farmer markets. Learn more about healthy choices and good taste of fresh fruits and vegetables. Plant more gardens because it is a known fact that youth are more likely to try a different fruit or vegetable if they are part of the growing process, selecting and preparing it for the table.

I encourage everyone, especially during national Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, to join in making the healthy choices of exercise and eating together like a family should.

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