First Lady Michelle Obama has been encouraging everyone across the country to #GimmeFive ways they are eating better, being more active and leading a healthier lifestyle.
And, in the spirit of Let’s Move! Anderson, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is an opportunity to energize and encourage citizens to promote healthy behaviors, give out “high fives” when they see someone making healthy choices, and challenging everyone to #GimmeFive more!
One-in-three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The good news is childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active. Make a difference for kids. Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity, and encourage communities, organizations, families and individuals to get involved.
- Make small changes.
- Keep fresh fruits and veggies within reach.
- Go on a family walk around the neighborhood and dance more.
- Drink more water.
- Lead by example.
Let’s Move! Anderson is committed to familiarizing the Anderson community with the ideas of First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The City of Anderson is seeking to empower families to make healthy choices, increase physical activity, provide menus for healthy food choices and to keep kids moving.
Join the Movement: We believe that every child has the right to grow up healthy and pursue their dreams. Everyone, including parents and caregivers, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies, has a role to play in making sure our city maintains a healthy lifestyle, not just for our youth, but for everyone. Stay informed and connected. Become an advocate for creating a community where the healthy choice is the easy choice!