Michelle Obama is on a mission to help end our country’s childhood obesity epidemic. In February, she launched her Let’s Move campaign. Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.
Michelle released the recommendations of the Childhood Obesity Task Force, a panel that included the participation of a dozen government agencies.
Research shows that 1 in 5 children becomes overweight or obese by age 6, and that more than half of obese children become overweight before the age of 2.
The task force’s report lists 70 steps that can help reduce childhood obesity.
The recommendations include things like giving parents and daycare settings information on how to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, reduce screen time, and make sure kids get enough sleep.
White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President
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Table of Contents
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Letter to the President
Letter to the President from Melody Barnes, Chair of the Task Force on Childhood Obesity and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
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The Challenge We Face
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I. Early Childhood
This chapter provides recommendations for reducing the risk of obesity in the early years of a child’s life and includes sections: A. Prenatal Care; B. Breastfeeding; C. Chemical Exposures; D. Screen Time; and E. Early Care and Education.
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II. Empowering Parents and Caregivers
This chapter describes current and proposed initiatives to empower parents and caregivers and includes sections: A. Making Nutrition Information Useful; B. Food Marketing; and C. Health Care Services.
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III. Healthy Food in Schools
This chapter outlines a range of actions that families, communities, businesses, and governments at all levels can take to improve school foods and the school nutrition environment so they support and foster healthier food choices and help reduce childhood obesity. This chapter includes sections: A. Quality School Meals; B. Other Foods in Schools; C. Food-Related Factors in the School Environment; and D. Food in Other Institutions.
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IV. Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
This chapter recommends a comprehensive approach that builds on a promising start to mobilize public and private sector resources to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Americans. This chapter includes sections: A. Physical Access to Healthy Food; B. Food Pricing; C. Product Formulation; D. Hunger and Obesity.
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V. Increasing Physical Activity
This chapter details what can be done to increase children’s physical activity levels and includes sections: A. School-Based Approaches; B. Expanded Day and Afterschool Activities; C. The “Built Environment”; and D. Community Recreation Venues.
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Summary of Recommendations
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