“”The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake. This isn’t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let’s move.”
– Michelle Obama, Let’s Move launch announcement, 2/9/2010
In 2010 the Center for Disease control published a report on obesity and found that close to 17% of children and adolescents are obese. The Let’s Move! campaign reports that nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight in America and that over the past 30 years childhood obesity rates have tripled. Childhood obesity can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease. Due to the increase in portion size and decrease in physical activity, change is essential to counteract this health crisis in our country.
As stated on the Let’s Move! website, “The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives–and we already have the tools we need to do it. We just need the will.”
The Food as Medicine program aims to work towards this change!