To help America's children develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime, health care providers, parents and caregivers, educators, and community leaders are encouraged to use the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) resources available through the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health's We Can!! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® program, and Let's Move! initiative.
In addition, several new public-private partnerships are being launched across the nation to ensure that all kids experience the positive health benefits of daily physical activity and healthy eating. For example, the Partnership for a Healthier America and Olympic Team USA's recently committed to provide 1.7 million kids the opportunity to participate in free and low cost physical activity programs offered by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USOC National Governing Bodies for sport, and others over the next year.
Over the past 30 years, the childhood obesity rate in America has almost tripled. According to the CDC, in 2010, approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years were already obese.
According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children and adolescents aged 6-17 years should spend 60 minutes or more being physical active each day.
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