Friday, August 31st, 2012
This September marks the third annual Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, first proclaimed by the Obama administration in 2010 to highlight the alarming epidemic in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity nearly tripled in the past three decades. That means more than 23 million children and teenagers are currently affected, putting them at higher risk for such conditions as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
To kick off the month, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Let’s Move! (the program spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama), will announce its youth tennis initiative at the U.S. Open this weekend. On hand to launch the initiative will be actress and tennis mom Christine Taylor, as well as fitness expert Bob Harper and Olympic gold medalists Dara Torres and Cullen Jones.
Read more about childhood obesity and healthy living on Parents.com:
- What to Do When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight
- Causes of Childhood Obesity
- How to Fight Childhood Obesity
- Calculating Your Child’s BMI
- Raise a Healthy Kid in a Supersize World
- Instilling Body Confidence in Overweight Kids
- Staying Active as a Family
- 3 Simple Steps to Healthy Eating
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