National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. More than 12 million children and adolescents in the United States are obese, which can lead to negative short term and long term effects on adolescents’ emotional and physical health. Although there are many factors that contribute to childhood obesity, communities can provide social and physical supports that help youth learn and adopt healthy habits to reduce or prevent childhood obesity. There are plenty of opportunities for adolescent pregnancy prevention (APP) programs to spread awareness this month.
- Get moving! If you have a lesson you can deliver while walking, take your teen pregnancy prevention program outside one day and help youth participants achieve their recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
- If you work with pregnant or parenting youth, help encourage healthy habits for both adolescent parents and their babies. Reach out to your local health department for resources on nutrition and physical activity that you can share with youth in your program.
- Check out this tip sheet on APP programs, which includes healthy life skills topics that you can incorporate into your teen pregnancy prevention programming.
- Include messaging in your organization’s newsletter or social media this month. Healthfinder.gov has sample announcements that you can easily add to your own communications.
Use this month to support healthy habits that will last a lifetime!