Have you written your governor yet? If so, help us spread the word!
As of Thursday morning, an amazing 8,777 PreventObesity.net Leaders and Supporters have sent letters to their governors for their state’s plan to reduce obesity. We are now aiming to send at least 10,000 letters by Monday — and we need your help!
It’s critical that states take action to reverse obesity NOW. All states could have obesity rates of at least 44 percent by 2030, according to the recent report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, produced by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
But if average body mass indexes (BMIs) are reduced by just 5 percent, obesity rates would be lower, which also would prevent thousands, if not millions, of cases of obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease — and potentially save billions of dollars in health care costs.
That future will only happen, however, if states make a real effort to reduce obesity right now. Please ask your governor for his or her plan to tackle obesity TODAY, and ask those in your personal and professional networks to do the same.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
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2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
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Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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