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Obesity Power Point

  1. 1. Childhood Obesity A presentation to the United Way of Whitewater Valley Vision Council
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Defining overweight/obesity in children Obese Having a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for same age/sex. Overweight Having a BMI between the 85th and 95th percentiles for same age/sex. 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.
  5. 5. Childhood obesity/overweight: Ages 10-17 0 10 20 30 40 Wayne County* Indiana United States Obese Overweight or Obese Sources: — 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. — Whitewater Valley Childhood Obesity Task Force. * Information is outdated.
  6. 6. Childhood overweight/obesity: Ages 2-5 (low income) 0 10 20 30 40 Wayne County Indiana United States Obese Overweight or obese Source: 2008 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System survey
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.”
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Comprehensive approaches • “Go For Health” – United Way of Santa Cruz County. • Greater Portland (Maine) “Healthy Weight Initiative.” • “FitFuture” in Tarrant County, Texas.

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