The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, one of the nation’s largest children’s health organizations with a focus on combating childhood obesity, strongly endorses the new AHA guidelines on added sugars for children.
In simplest terms, here is what we learned from the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on children and adolescent obesity: there has been modest progress with the youngest age group, flattening levels of obesity with kids and a slight increase in obesity rates among adolescents.
We are pleased to announce that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation was recently awarded two 5-year cooperative agreements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under its National Collaboration to Promote Health, Wellness, and Academic Success of School-Age Children (FOA DP16-1601).
Today, a new paper, Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999-2014, published in the journal Obesity, suggests that child obesity rates are continuing to rise and that there is no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence among any age group.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported that from 1999 through 2014, obesity prevalence increased among adults and youth. However, among youth, prevalence did not change from 2003–2004 through 2013–2014 and no change in obesity prevalence among youth was noted between 2011–2012 and 2013–2014.
Congratulations to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for doubling down on children’s health. Their announcement today of an additional $500 million over the next ten years to ensure that all children in the United States can grow up at a healthy weight is monumental.
The Alliance has replaced its Healthy Schools Program Inventory with the School Health Index. By offering a unified assessment tool, the CDC and the Alliance make it easier for schools to implement policies and practices that can help students stay healthy and ready to learn.
According to a recent study published by Bridging the Gap in Childhood Obesity, elementary school leaders reported widespread student acceptance of healthier school lunches.
In the article published by Social Currents, June 2014, “A Healthy Bottom Line: Obese Children, a Pacified Public, and Corporate Legitimacy,” the author falsely asserts that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation engages the food industry in anti-childhood obesity efforts with the goal of maximizing corporate profit.
Let’s re-affirm our commitment by continuing to offer our nation’s students healthy school food.
We need to celebrate the progress made in reducing rates among young children, continue working hard to accelerate that progress and bring down the rates of obesity for all young people.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is excited to support the work of the Partnership for a Healthier America and the commitments made by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Recreation and Park Association.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is supportive of federal guidelines progressing in a manner that puts all food and beverages on school campuses on a level playing field – not just in the cafeteria, but in vending machines, school stores, snack carts, and after school snacks.
The Alliance’s Competitive Foods and Beverage Guidelines have been in place since 2006, providing a platform and evidence of success that helped to pave the way for new federal requirements. Now that national guidelines are in place, we are officially transitioning our tools and resources to support implementation of the new national standards for snacks and beverages.
Finally, the days of ‘anything goes’ when it comes to snacks in schools are ending. Two thumbs up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing the interim final rule on national nutrition standards for ‘smart snacks’ in school.
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The Alliance for a Healthier Generation applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today, in the release of the proposed national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in school as result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These standards will address items that are typically sold in vending machines, a la carte lines (items sold individually in the cafeteria), and school stores.
It is with great pleasure that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation applauds our co-founding organization, the William J. Clinton Foundation, for the launch of its newest effort to reduce preventable health outcomes and health disparities across the country. The Clinton Health Matters Initiative will work across sectors to develop and implement coordinated, systematic approaches to motivate people to lead healthier lives and create healthier communities.
Just recently the east coast was the aim for one of the most expansive hurricanes in decades – Hurricane Sandy. Once it hit, the result of the storm had a debilitating impact on large parts of New Jersey and New York. Millions have gone without power, water and housing due to high winds, heavy rain and coastal
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation applauds the work of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for shining the spotlight on a national epidemic through their report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is proud that our landmark agreement with the American Beverage Association (ABA) has contributed to a 90 percent reduction in calories from beverages shipped to schools between the 2004-2010 school years, according to a report published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH).
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation applauds the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Food Project and the Health Impact Project on the health impact assessment released today.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation believes sugar-sweetened beverages should be limited from children's diets at school, in out-of-school time programs, restaurants, movie theaters or anywhere else they spend time within their community.
Despite much positive progress in recent years on the fight to reduce the consumption of high calorie beverages by school children, a study published this month in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (APAM) (Nov. 1, 2010) has prompted discussion about the effectiveness of voluntary agreements with the beverage industry.
As a part of our strategy to combat childhood obesity, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association (AHA) and Clinton Foundation (CF), brokers agreements with industry to improve access to healthier foods, beverages and healthcare for children. Thus, it is important that our efforts with industry are accurately represented.
In May 2006, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, worked with representatives of The Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, PepsiCo and the American Beverage Association to establish the Alliance School Beverage Guidelines to limit portion sizes and reduce the number of beverage calories available to children during the school day.
The American Heart Association (AHA) and William J. Clinton Foundation announced today that the partnership they formed in 2005 to combat childhood obesity, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, will begin to pursue independent non-profit status. The Alliance has grown to more than 80 staff members; now provides support to more than 4,950 schools across the country; has increased access to healthcare related to the prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood obesity to close to 1 million children; and has inspired more than 1.25 million kids to commit to eat better and move more.