The results are in and we are finally seeing some positive signs for children; childhood obesity rates have declined! The Center for Disease Control has recently announced that the new Vital Signs report shows that childhood obesity rates among low-income preschoolers (ages 2 to 4 years old) declined in 19 U.S. states and territories between 2008 and 2011. Though the decline was small this is a big step in the right direction! Of course the study doesn’t go into detail regarding the cause of the obesity rate decline, but I suspect that the fact that in the past couple of years we’ve had more awareness and education about the obesity epidemic than before is the main driver. From Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, we can say that the movement to reduce childhood obesity is working and still continues.
In an effort to continue to reduce childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama has collaborated with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip-Hop Public Health to release a hip-hop album with positive messages about living and eating healthier. The album is hip-hop and will have 19 songs; it will release September 30th. A few of the featured artists with songs on the album include Run DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Ashanti, and Jordin Sparks! To hear a sample of the songs and get a free download the song, “Everybody”, visit the Partnership for a Healthier America.
I can’t wait to support this effort and get my copy! Check out the video of Everybody.
Homepage Photo credit (“the scale”): CDC/ Debora Cartagena