Childhood Obesity A presentation to the United Way of Whitewater Valley Vision Council
What you will learn: What is obesity? What is overweight? How does Wayne County stack up against the rest of Indiana and the United States? What obesity programs already exist in Wayne County? What are some community approaches that the UW-WV could apply here in Wayne County?
What is overweight/obesity? In general terms: Both overweight and obesity are when one’s body mass index (BMI) is unhealthy. Body mass index is a measure of weight in relation to height.
Defining overweight/obesity in children So, in theory, wouldn’t 15 percent of the youth population be either overweight or obese? — No. The “percentile” is based on population surveys from the 1960s and 1970s.
Childhood obesity/overweight:Ages 10-17 Sources: — 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. — Whitewater Valley Childhood Obesity Task Force. * Information is outdated.
What’s Wayne County doing? Whitewater Valley Childhood Obesity Task Force Includes physicians, school nurses, dieticians, pediatric nurses practitioners and other health professionals. STOP Program (Stop Taking On Pounds). 12-week program for children ages 7-17. Focuses on nutrition education, exercise, and behavioral counseling.
What’s Wayne County doing? (cont.) Recent programs in the schools Starr Elementary received a $1,000 grant last year to hold a day-long event at the school’s gym to promote healthy living. Centerville High School students in 2008 organized “Fitness Fiestas.”
Community approaches What does the Centers for Disease Control recommend? Farmer’s Markets. Encouraging breastfeeding. Improved access to outdoor recreation. Bike paths and sidewalks. Enhanced safety. Community coalitions.
What other United Ways are doing Selective approaches Helping fund new recreation trails. (Bloomington, Ill.) “Wellness, Academics and You.” (Birmingham, Al.) New Orleans vegetable garden. Tarrant County (Texas) United Way’s Fit Future program.
Comprehensive approaches “Go For Health” – United Way of Santa Cruz County. Greater Portland (Maine) “Healthy Weight Initiative.” “FitFuture” in Tarrant County, Texas.