It Starts with You
This National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is all about YOU. Every day presents another chapter in the story of childhood health. And this month, we want you to help us tell that story.
Pick an environment below and tell us how it represents a healthier generation to you. And then scroll down for ways to continue the great work you are doing in the places that matter most to you.
Add to the Story
|In 140 characters, tell us what a healthier generation looks like to you using the hashtag #MyHealthierGen.||Take a photo of yourself with a #MyHealthierGen banner, share it on Facebook or Instagram and use your caption to tell us more. We'll be gathering all the stories posted on social media and sharing with our audience to keep the story going.|
What Does Your Healthier Generation Look Like...
Out of School
You are the most influential person in your child’s life.
Research shows that the greatest indicator for how dedicated a child is to exercise and healthy eating is how dedicated his or her parents are to the same behaviors. This same research shows that when parents increases their physical activity, children do the same. And when it comes to healthy eating, parental fruit and vegetable intake may be the strongest predictor of fruit and vegetable consumption among young children.
Learn what the nutritional needs are for your family and the healthy changes you can make to eat better.
Youth need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Learn ways to keep your family moving.
Be a Role Model
Set the pace for your family’s healthy choices by leading by example and creating an environment for health.
Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores and behave better in class.
Children spend the majority of their time outside of the home, at school. They also consume up to 50 percent of their daily nutrients from foods eaten at school. That means in this story of childhood health, schools play a critical role in creating a healthier generation.
Fitness Breaks for Schools
Our fitness experts have used their years of training to create videos that are exciting and engaging for youth to move to.
Find Your School
More than 24,000 schools around the country have joined our Healthy Schools Program. Is your school one of them?
Out of School
Youth in afterschool programs spend less time watching TV.
More than 15 percent of American youth are involved in afterschool programs and millions more are engaged in summer camps, community centers and faith-based organizations. Out-of-school time providers play an essential role in empowering youth to make healthy choices and become leaders and advocates for healthy changes.
Swap Your Snack
Get tips, tools, resources and stories of inspiration from people leading the way to healthy snacking.
In Your State
Take a look at childhood health in your state and what’s being done to support the health and wellness of your kids.
Help us tell the story of childhood health with your own voice.
|What does a healthier generation look like to you? Tell us! We’ll add your line, your dream or your message to the story and make sure everyone’s voice is heard as we support childhood health.|