Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

The report provides measurable goals, benchmarks, and outcomes designed to reduce the child obesity rate from 20% now to 5% in 2030. The report makes recommendations in 5 key areas:

1. Getting children a healthy start on lifewith good prenatal care for their parents; support for breastfeeding; limits on “screen time”; and quality child care settings.

2. Empowering parents and caregiverswith messages about nutritional choices; improved labels on food and menus; reduced marketing of unhealthy products to children; and improved health care services.

3. Providing healthy food in schoolsthrough improvements in federally‐supported school meals; upgrading the nutritional quality of foods sold in schools; and improving nutrition education.

4. Improving access to healthy, affordable foodby eliminating “food deserts”in urban and rural America; and lowering the relative prices of healthier foods.

5. Getting children more physically active through physical education and recess; addressing the “built environment”that makes it difficult for children to walk or bike safely in their communities; and improving access to safe parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities.

Source: www.letsmove.gov

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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