Childhood Obesity declines in several states - WRBL

Childhood Obesity declines in several states

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA, Ga. -

Nineteen states and territories report decreases in obesity among low-income preschoolers. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, South Dakota, and the U.S. Virgin Islands saw at least one percentage point decrease in their rate of obesity.

Previous research shows that about one in eight preschoolers is obese in the United States. Children are five times more likely to be overweight or obese as an adult if they are overweight or obese between the ages of three and five years.

Janet L. Collins, Ph.D., director of the CDC's Division of Nutrition says, "Many of the states in which we're seeing declines have taken action to incorporate healthy eating and active living into children's lives."

The CDC is encouraging state and local officials to step up efforts to drive down rates of childhood obesity by

1. Making it easier for families to buy healthy, affordable foods and beverages in their neighborhoods

2. Helping provide access to safe, free drinking water in places such as community parks, recreation areas, child care centers and schools.

3. Helping local schools open gyms, playgrounds and sports fields during non-school hours so children can play safely after school, on weekends, and over the summer.

For more information on childhood obesity visit www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood

  • On Your SideMore>>

  • Only on 3: Sheriff talks about deputy arrest

    Only on 3: Sheriff talks about deputy arrest

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:26:46 GMT
    A Muscogee County Sheriff deputy was arrested for bringing in contraband and some other things into the county jail.
    A Muscogee County Sheriff deputy was arrested for bringing in contraband and some other things into the county jail.
  • Health Watch: 3D Mammography available in Columbus

    Health Watch: 3D Mammography available in Columbus

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:38:15 GMT
    3D mammography is available in Columbus. The images offer radiologists a multi-faceted view of the breast, making for an earlier diagnosis of breast cancer at a more treatable stage.Health officials say the 3D mammography when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.Dr. William Lewis is a radiologist at the Columbus Diagn...
    3D mammography is available in Columbus. The images offer radiologists a multi-faceted view of the breast, making for an earlier diagnosis of breast cancer at a more treatable stage.Health officials say the 3D mammography when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.Dr. William Lewis is a radiologist at the Columbus Diagn...
  • POLICE: theft of $20,000 worth of NASCAR memorabilia

    POLICE: theft of $20,000 worth of NASCAR memorabilia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:51:23 GMT
    Police are investigating a theft where more than $20,000 in NASCAR memorabilia was stolen.
    Police are investigating a theft where more than $20,000 in NASCAR memorabilia was stolen.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.