Be Our Voice Blog

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Congress Declares September "National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month"

Posted by: Rachelle Mirkin

This past March the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating September 2010 as the first ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Then, on September 1st, President Obama released a memo officially proclaiming  the designation (read the presidential proclamation here). To commemorate this event, Be Our Voice is creating new resources to give healthcare professionals, as well as the general population, more information about the causes of childhood obesity and the efforts being made to address them.

BOV is in a unique position to celebrate National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Be Our Voice aims to get healthcare professionals out of their offices and into their communities as voices and implementers of change. Because the project does not focus on one clinical or policy recommendation, BOV is highly compatible with many existing initiatives and individual passions. Clinicians and other HCPs who are engaged in childhood obesity prevention and reduction programs can make sustainable, community-based level changes.  We are very proud of the over two hundred BOV advocates currently out there and ask you to join with them for change. 

The official website for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Healthier Kids, Brighter Futures, has a list of events happening around the country during the month of September. I encourage you to find and participate in the events happening in your area.

And, of course, spend some time on the Be Our Voice website to learn how you, as a healthcare professional, can raise your voice for kids this September.

General Childhood Obesity  Obesity Resources  Healthy Kids 


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