While hunger is a very real issue affecting children across America, obesity is another—and the two are not mutually exclusive. A child facing malnutrition may also be facing an obesity risk, which is why school foodservice is such important work; we are fighting the same battle, on different fronts, every single day. Here at Beyond Breakfast we know that eating breakfast not only satisfies hunger—allowing us to lead more productive work and school days—but that it also reduces the odds of becoming overweight or obese, as well as risk for Type 2 diabetes.
More than 23 million kids and teens here in the U.S. are overweight or obese; we are facing an epidemic. The risk of obesity positions nearly one-third of American children for an early risk of Type 2 diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, heart disease, or even stroke.
National Childhood Obesity Month has been recognized by both President Obama and the U.S. Congress since September 2010. To learn how to participate, and to find resources to help you and your school join the fight against childhood obesity, visit these websites:
White House COAM Proclamation, September 2012: From President Barack Obama
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on COAM: A message from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
USDA WIC Works Resource System: COAM resources for parents and professionals from USDA
Alliance for a Healthier Generation: A five-point plan to help make a difference and cultivate a healthier lifestyle
Fuel Up to Play 60: September 2012 FUTP60 newsletter includes updates on program deadlines, program updates, and ideas for helping students get involved and getting healthy!