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Every Kid Healthy Week: West Virginians Working to Keep Our Youth Healthy!

by Melissa B. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 22nd-26th is Every Kid Healthy Week. Every Kid Healthy Week is a national health observance focused on the nation’s problem of childhood obesity as well as its solutions: sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs.  Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. However, there’s good news: obesity can be stopped.

West Virginia has the second highest rate of inactivity in the nation, which is one of the primary reasons for our alarming obesity rate of 32.4 percent. The West Virginia Legislature recenlty passed a bill which would make West Virginia’s roads safer for pedestrians, joggers and cyclists and thus encourage greater physical activity. The Complete Streets Act (SB-158) would encourage the West Virginia Division of Highways to adopt a Complete Streets approach in future transportation design and planning in the state. Please take the time to visit our action center to send your legislators an email letting them know that all heart healthy issues are important to you.

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