We’re proud to share news of a recent collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at engaging, organizing and mobilizing people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Voices for Healthy Kids is focused on advocating for changes to local, state, and federal policies in order to help young people eat healthier foods and be more active.
The campaign issue focus will aim to:
· improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages in schools· increase children’s physical activity levels during out-of-school time· protect children from unhealthy food and beverage marketing· increase access to affordable healthy foods· reduce consumption of sugary beverages· increase access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes and other safe places to be active
We invite you to learn more about this effort and take advantage of the July 9th “Signs of Progress Toward Reversing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic” event. The Washington D.C. event featured speakers from across the country sharing their experiences and engaging leaders in a dialogue. You can learn how to take best practices back to your communities and get involved. Visit us online to listen to the webinar recording.
You can also find Voices for Healthy Kids on Facebook and Twitter.
Tell us what you think! What issues are you most excited to work on as an advocate? Tell us in the comments below!
Childhood obesity is indeed a deadly threat to our young population. We need to educate people at an early age about the dangers of cardiac issues and the importance of prevention. Parents should also be involved in their education so they may ensure that their children receive proper nutrition and medical screenings for a healthy lifestyle.