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March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to bring awareness to a very serious issue affecting the future health of our society, Childhood Obesity. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. Here to talk about the epidemic of Childhood Obesity and "LET'S MOVE" the nationwide campaign to fight it is Wink News Fitness expert Mike Drumm.

Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. It's important to understand how we got here in order to work together for the children in America.
How Did We Get Here?
Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Kids walked to and from school every day, ran around at recess, participated in gym class, and played for hours after school before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with reasonable portion sizes and there were always vegetables. Eating fast food was rare and snacks between meals was an occasional treat.

Today, children experience a very different lifestyle. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and after-school sports have been cut; afternoons are now spent with TV, video games, and the internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals. Snacking between meals is now commonplace.

Increased snacking alone adds several hundred calories a day
Portion sizes have also exploded- they are now 2-5 times bigger. Beverage portions have grown as well, from 12oz bottles and cans to a whopping 20 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages
Entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies
on average are used 7.5 hours a day by 8-18-year olds.

*We eat 31% more calories than we were 40yrs ago--including 56% more fats and oils
*The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.
*1/3 of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.


Now that's the bad news. The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives--and we already have the tools we need to do it. We just need the will.

Let's Move
Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. There are four key pillars:
• Getting parents more informed about nutrition and exercise
• Improving the quality of food in schools
• Making healthy foods more affordable and accessible for families
• Focusing more on physical education.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.

Go to for more information.

*Announce Fitness on the Move "Biggest Loser" challenge, Contact Mike Drumm at [email protected]
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