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Help your Family

Parents, other family members, and caregivers play an important role in the health of children.  We Can!™ helps families be more successful in adapting healthy choices and making changes at home. 

We Can! provides science-based information about overweight and ways to prevent it with tips and ideas for you and your family to eat better, move more, and spend less time sitting and watching television.  It is NOT a weight loss program, but an educational resource to help you and your family choose healthier, more active ways of enjoying life.

We Can! At Home
For help getting started at home, check out the following:

  • Learn It where you can learn more about the problem of overweight and the important issue of "energy balance."
  • Live It to see ideas and tips that can help parents and families have fun and take action to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Families Finding the Balance: A Parent Handbook is a great resource, full of fun and practical information and tips on how to get your family in gear.  This handy reference provides reminders and ideas for maintaining a healthy weight!
  • We Can! Parent Tips: Healthy Families, Healthy Weight is a NEW resource for parents that was developed with physicians and health professionals.
  • For more We Can! resources and materials on obesity and overweight from NIH and other government agencies, please visit We Can! Resources.

We Can! In Your Community
We Can! provides community sites with resources and information that can be added to sites' nutrition and physical activity programs for parents and children, as well as fun community events. Find out if there are community sites in your area and join the We Can! movement.


We Can!™ is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.