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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM)!

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month recognizes the serious threat obesity poses to the health of America’s children and the importance of decreasing its prevalence in Virginia and across the United States

Obesity is an epidemic that affects more than one in four Virginia high school students. Children who are overweight or obese are at risk for serious health consequences such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and stroke – diseases previously seen only in adults.

COAM encourages parents, healthcare professionals, teachers and organizations to engage in activites that prevent childhood obesity and promote awareness in their communities.

Get involved and spread the message of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

This September join VFHY in recognizing Childhood Obesity Awareness month. This is a great opportunity to build awareness and take action in your community, schools and at home!

Here are examples of how you can make a difference:

Parents

Children School Educators

Make a commitment as a family to live an active and healthy lifestyle

 

Get your kids involved in planning and cooking healthy meals

 

Keep fresh fruit and vegetables within reach for easy access

 

Visit your local farmers' market

 

Plant a  garden

 

Limit family screen time

 

Help plant a community garden

 

Stay hydrated by drinking water and limiting sugary drinks

 

Play!  Find ways to be active everyday.

 

Eat a rainbow of colors for fruits and vegetables

 

Get outdoors and take advantage of the local parks

 

Go on family walks after dinner

 

Create active school days, add movement into your lesson plan

 

Start a Farm to School program

 

Host a Walk to School Day

 

Plant a school garden

 

Participate in your school health advisory board

 

Take breaks throughout the day and encourage students to stretch

 

SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES

Social Media is a great resource to help spread the word about Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. 

Here are some ideas and resources to help educate and increase awareness about COAM!

  • Use hashtags #ChildObesity or #COAM on Twitter and Facebook to share how you are promoting healthy eating and physical activity in your school or community

  • Use Facebook to let your friends know that September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month

  • Change your profile picture or cover photo and use a COAM photo like the one below

  • Download and share the infographics below and post them throughout September on any social media site

FACEBOOK COVER PHOTO

Childhood obesity month Facebook cover photo

INFOGRAPHICS

Download and Share!

   
Be Active graphic high school activity graphic Eat Right graphic
Laugh Live Love graphic soda graphic  Michelle Obama quote
high school obesity graphic  Vilsack obesity quote Dwayne Johnson quote
First Lady of Virginia graphic    

CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN VIRGINIA

High School Obesity Stats