Taking a Stand: Childhood obesity

Taking a Stand: Childhood obesity
(Taking a Stand)

TRI-STATE (WFIE) - According to a 2015 Tri-State Health Survey, almost 40% of Vanderburgh County kids are overweight or obese.

While poor health statistics might begin to sound like a broken record there is something that should make everyone take pause. If the health of our youngest generation does not improve, our kids will be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

To fight this, The Healthy Communities Partnership has brought over 50 businesses, organizations, and health care providers together with a single goal…reduce childhood obesity in Vanderburgh County by 20% by the year 2020.

We are told that this organization focuses on improving health through policy, systems, and environmental changes. They are already making a difference.

This year both Evansville farmers markets will be accepting SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. In addition, HCP has provided training to after-school facilities on how to ensure all kids are engaged in physical activity.  They also have worked with local hospitals and child care providers to ensure kids are engaged in appropriate play rather than being glued to a tablet or other device.

It's great to see these accomplishments are moving our communities' health in the right direction, however, it's still an uphill battle. The health epidemic we face today can no longer be the sole burden and responsibility of the public health sector.  All of us should promote health in every facet.

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