It’s Never too Early to Prevent Childhood Obesity
March 31, 2011 1:00 pm Eastern Time
GIH Maternal and Child Health Audioconference Series
Tuesday, March 31, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 12:00 p.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Mountain /10:00 a.m. Pacific
Alison Gertel-Rosenberg, Senior Advisor and Manager, Nemours
Khanh Nguyen, Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation
Obesity (and many of the health conditions associated with it, including sleep apnea, hypertension, asthma, and type-2 diabetes) is largely preventable. Yet, it has increased dramatically among children aged two to five years old, with substantial numbers of preschool-age children are at risk for the condition. Additionally, children who are overweight in early childhood have a higher risk of being overweight as adults. Join this audioconference for an overview of promising strategies for intervening as early as possible in efforts to prevent obesity in children. Topics covered will include the necessity of improving feeding and eating practices for young children; reducing television watching and marketing of unhealthy foods to children; and increasing physical activity. Speakers will also discuss opportunities for governments, the private sector, childcare providers, schools, and communities at large to work together to combat childhood obesity.