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Did you know that one in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active.

How can National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and show people how they can take steps toward a solution, like:

  • Getting active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limiting screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Making healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
  • Helping your school community by providing healthy options for classroom celebrations. (But always make sure to check with your child's teacher before planning a birthday celebration for your child at school!)

For more tips on keeping you and your family well, check out