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Tennessee Bucks National Trend

by Denise C. on Thursday, August 29, 2013

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that obesity rates among preschool aged children (2-4 years old) in low-income families have improved nationwide. Unfortunately, Tennessee is only one of three states to buck this national trend. 

Right now in Tennessee, the American Heart Association is working to:
 
• Promote healthy eating and active living by supporting the creation of partnerships with community members, such as civic leaders and child care providers.
• Make it easier for families with children to buy healthy, affordable foods and beverages nearby by supporting the effort to establish Healthy Food Financing Initiatives in Tennessee.
• Help provide access to safe, free drinking water in places such as community parks, recreation areas, child care centers, and schools.
• Help local schools open up gyms, playgrounds, and sports fields during non-school hours so more children can safely play.

According to the CDC’s report, 1 in 8 preschoolers is obese and this rate increases for blacks (1 in 5) and Hispanics (1 in 6). Preschoolers who are overweight or obese are 5 times more likely than normal weight children to be overweight or obese as adults. This can take a serious toll on their health!

We'll need your help to create healthier environments for our children. Stay tuned for You're the Cure alerts on how you can help!

In the meantime, let us know how you're helping young ones lead healthier lives.

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