New York Times-Every so often, a flash of Michelle Obama’s humor comes through in her otherwise serious book about the White House garden and her campaign against childhood obesity, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,”
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Over the past two years, research has shown that childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease, once known to affect only wealthier countries, are now afflictions that are fast spreading to the developing world. Even in developing regions suffering from malnutrition like Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean, the International Obesity Task Force estimates that over 22 million of the world’s children under five are overweight or obese. The Obesity task force estimates that in some countries, more than 30 percent of the children are obese.
In the United States alone, one in three kids are overweight or obese. The problem has become so serious that recently, Michelle Obama launched a nation-wide campaign called Lets-Move, to help put an end to childhood obesity.
This month, MCCN is waging an anti-childhood obesity campaign called Destination Fitness: Combating Childhood Obesity. Our hope is to emphasize the devastation childhood is wreaking all around the world, not just in America. Many people don’t realize that childhood obesity is not just a national problem, but an international issue as well. Our series will begin by enlisting the support of schools and parents. Children need the knowledge, encouragement and assistance of both schools and parents as partners in the fight to end obesity.
Next, our anti-childhood obesity campaign will tackle some practical and affordable ideas to create and maintain a healthy and nutritious diet for children. A healthy diet is vital, but exercise and fitness must also be included in a healthy lifestyle plan. Finally, MCCN will conclude with powerful information about treating the obese child by examining both the physical and psychological impact on the lives of children.
MCCN’s Destination Fitness: Combatting Childhood Obesity campaign will also include short video vignettes from MCCN’s teen spokesperson on childhood obesity. These vignettes will teach teens how to prepare easy, yet healthy snacks at home. (Watch out Teen Spokesperson Allie prepare a healthy afternoon snack)
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Allie is MCCN’s teen spokesperson for childhood obesity. She will be providing solutions for healthy after-school and summer snack choices.