Obesity Prevention

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Join PTA For Your Child

Reverse Childhood Obesity

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.

Healthy Habits

Follow these two National PTA plans:

Eating Healthy Food at Home

Nutritious Food

Promote Healthy Eating

Kids eat what is available and what they see adults eating. Surround your kids with healthy options at home and demonstrate good nutrition to encourage a lifetime of healthy eating. Improve your family's nutrition habits.

Physical Activity

Encourage Physical Activity

Physical activity is a critical to preventing childhood obesity. Exercise is most effective and more fun when it’s done as a group. In addition to promoting your child’s health and learning, you’ll feel better too! Make exercise a family habit.

What You Can Do

  • Parents for Healthy Kids (CDC): A website for parents by parents, that teaches families how to get involved in school health and wellness to create healthier schools, 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.