Combating Childhood Obesity Action Kit

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Municipal  leadership is essential to developing and sustaining effective interventions that promote physical activity, access to healthy foods, and healthy eating among children and youth. While mayors and city councilmembers are not public health officials, they are well positioned to play important roles in the fight against childhood obesity. Changes in city policies (e.g., in areas such as land use and parks and recreation programming) can serve as the centerpiece for community-wide efforts to promote regular exercise and good nutrition. Other gains can be achieved when municipal leaders use their positions to educate the public about the threat that obesity poses to children’s health, and then frame an agenda for progress. This action kit highlights how cities and towns can curb the rise of childhood obesity and improve the health of our next generation.

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