HEAL: Childhood Obesity

The NH Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) in the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services is pleased to share the attached 4-page,

Childhood Obesity in New Hampshire 2008-2009 Report.

The report describes the key finding of the New Hampshire Third Grade Healthy Smiles - Healthy Growth Survey, which found that one in three New Hampshire third graders are overweight or obese. It also gives New Hampshire leaders, examples of policies and environmental changes that can help reduce children's risk of obesity.

Changing the environment where children live and learn plays a significant role in helping children achieve and maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives. See page 3 for examples of settings can support children and their families in working toward that goal - child care, schools, work-sites, health care organizations, cities and towns, grocery stores, small food stores, and concession stands.

The OPP is part of a consortium of organizations implementing the State obesity prevention plan, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL). OPP is funded by a five-year cooperative agreement with the CDC. To view Childhood Obesity in New Hampshire 2008-2009 see the attachment or visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/data.htm.

For more information contact Partnership for Public Health at (603) 528-2145.

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