Obesity Prevention

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One-third of children are overweight or obese. If we don’t reverse this trend this will be the first generation to live sicker and die younger than their parents.

The best place to teach healthy habits is at home. Parents can set a great example for the whole family by stocking their pantries with healthy foods, creating healthy new family traditions and getting active alongside their student.

What You Can Do

  • Parents for Healthy Kids: A website for parents by parents, that teaches families how to get involved in school health and wellness to create healthier school,no matter what your knowledge or experience is in school health. 

Learn More

  • Together Counts (Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation): A nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living.
  • We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) (NIH: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute): A science-based national education program designed to provide parents, caregivers and communities the tips and tools they need to help children stay at a healthy weight.
  • We Can! Energize Our Families Parent Program (National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute): This multiple-session curriculum is designed to provide parents and primary caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need along with practical tools to help families maintain a healthy weight.