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American Heart Association helps kick off “Faith United to End Childhood Obesity”

by Sarah U. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the American Heart Association held a news conference with government, community, and faith leaders to kick off “Faith United to End Childhood Obesity”, a campaign to end childhood obesity in Tennessee.  Faith United is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign and encourages faith leaders to promote healthier lifestyles in their congregations and communities through improved practices and policies.

Faith United can make a positive difference in our state.  Right now in Tennessee, 36.5% of children between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese.  Of students in grades 9th through 12th, 18% are overweight while another 17% are obese.  If we can teach children to make healthy decisions at an early age, we can decrease adult obesity rates and in turn help Tennesseans lead healthier lives—free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Because of the work of the American Heart Association, our volunteers, and our partner coalition groups, Tennessee is used as a model for campaigns all over the country that require their community to collaborate with non-profits to bring significant improvements in the overall health of their state.  Research is showing this works, too.  A study conducted at East Tennessee State University found that the percent of school-aged children who are overweight or obese decreased almost 2% from 2007-2009 thanks to Coordinated School Health, a strategy actively supported by the American Heart Association and partner organizations to improve students’ health and learning in schools.

Click here to read the press release about the “Faith United” kick off.

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