COAM in Colorado
Join the efforts of many Colorado organizations fighting childhood obesity by raising awareness in September 2013.
Governor John Hickenlooper has officially declared September 2013 as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in Colorado - Click here for the official Proclamation!
Childhood Obesity Statistics in Colorado
1 of every 8 children (2-14) are obese
In 2010, 22.9% of children ages 2-14 were overweight or obese.
In 2007, Colorado ranked 29th among states in obesity prevalence amoung children 10-17.
In 2009, 18.2% Ninth -Twelth graders were overweight or obese.
(Statistics are from CDPHE's Obesity, one of Colorado's 10 Winnable Battles)
September is also National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Click here for the National website! It is chock full of resources, a tool kit, ways to put the month into action in your organization or community.
Resources to Share!
CDC Vital Signs - Progress on Childhood Obesity - Notice CO is one of 3 state's showing an increase
ChooseMyPlate - Learn how to balance your plate and pick right sized portions
Let's Move - Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative
We Can! - Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition
5210 Let's Go! - 5 or more fruits & veggies, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks
Prevent Obesity - Get involved as a leader making a difference to eliminate childhood obesity.
- Webinar: Recess Rocks! Wednesday, September 25,2013, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST. Presented by Colorado Legacy Foundation CLick here to Register. Experts agree that physical activity can be just as vital as classroom time to a child's social and emotional development as well as lead to better academics and classroom behavior! However, millions of American students do not meet the minimum requirements of 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Punishing children by taking away recess or PE classes reduces their already scarce opportunity for physical activity. Recess is a vital opportunity to boost academic success and there are many alternatives for disciplining students.
Events in Honor of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - Get INVOLVED!
- Denver Parks & Recreation is promoting healthy living for our kids…Youth Exercising for Awesome Health (YEAH!). September 28th, Ruby Hill Park, Denver. Activities include: Flag football, Flag Rugby, Tug of War, Zumbatomic and much more! All registration is handled via phone at 720.913.0689 Click here for more info!
- Town of Superior held its first “Learn to Slackline Clinic” (held in honor of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month)! We built a dedicated slacklining park earlier this year and have developed an awesome partnership with the staff from Gibbon Slacklines to begin offering clinics, camps and ongoing programs.
Colorado Parks & Recreation - Creating Healthy Residents & Livable Communities
Click here for our seasonsal magazine with the article "Let's Go to the Park Today: The Role of Parks in Obesity Prevention and Improving the Public's Health"
Would you or your organization like to be apart of our COAM page and info? Please contact Jo Burns at 303-231-0943.