It’s hard to believe that obesity has become one of the most serious threats to the health of our children. If childhood obesity rates continue to increase, it’s estimated to cut two to five years from the average lifespan.
That means our current generation of children would be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their own parents.
And in addition to its health toll, obesity is now estimated to account for a staggering 12% of our nation’s healthcare costs!
The good news? We know the health benefits of physical activity. And studies even show that healthier children -- those who receive proper nutrition and get adequate exercise -- perform better academically.
Please urge our decision-makers to invest in the future of all of our children by supporting policies that promote better nutrition and increased physical activity for our children.
In addition to poor nutrition choices, this rise in childhood obesity is due, in large part, to significant decreases in physical activity. For various reasons, many children don't have the opportunity to be active outside of school and, unfortunately, a national study shows that 92% of elementary schools no longer offer daily PE classes throughout the year and only 25% of high school students participate in daily physical activity at school.
The good news? We know the health benefits of physical activity and good nutrition and we also know that healthier children perform better academically.
Please invest in the future of our children by supporting policies that encourage better nutrition and increased physical activity.
To be successful, it will take all of us--parents, schools, communities, and elected officials--working together to improve the health of our children.