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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  The rate of childhood obesity has risen dramatically over the past four decades.  However, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found drops in obesity rates for preschool-aged children in many states. These decreases show that the epidemic of childhood obesity can be reversed.  The obesity rate among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children is currently 31%, compared to 16% of white children.  Obesity puts children at greater risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a nationwide movement to increase awareness of the epidemic of childhood obesity. Visit the Childhood Obesity Awareness Month website  - http://bit.ly/18petrt - to learn more about  activities and outreach and to download a toolkit with ideas for your community.  Other ideas for helping kids eat right, get active and reduce screen time are available through We Can! site from the National Institutes of Health: http://1.usa.gov/1cCWu3S

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