Nearly 6,000 people already have written their governor to demand a healthier future – are you among them?
If so, can you help us spread the word?
Earlier this week, you should have received an email from PreventObesity.net Leader Dr. Jeff Levi, the executive director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Levi asked you to write to your governor to ask that he or she take action to ensure that everyone in your state all Americans has access to affordable, healthy food at school, work and in their communities, as well as opportunities to be physically active in their daily lives.
Once you’ve written your governor, be sure to share the action alert with your friends, colleagues, networks and anybody else you think would want to take part in this important advocacy campaign.
Inside Track readers will remember that TFAH worked alongside the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to produce the recent report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future. That report predicted that without any intervention, obesity rates are likely to continue to rise – more than 60 percent of adults in 13 states could be obese by 2030 – leading to increases in diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
However, if the nation’s average body mass index (BMI) decreased by just 5 percent, obesity rates would be significantly lower in every state, and potentially billions of dollars could be saved in health care costs.
That’s why it is so important that we take action NOW. Please write to your governor (and tell your friends to do the same).
Editor’s note: Because the action alert is customized to go directly to each governor, you may be asked to provide additional information required for your state. Please fill these fields out as best you can so your letter will be submitted to your governor. If you have additional questions, you can emai [email protected] for assistance.
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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.
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At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
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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
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If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
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Is listed on the organization website as staff
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