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:
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
Download and Share!