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Surgeon General's Pledge and Checklists

Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future logoHelp Prevent Childhood Overweight and Obesity and Secure a Healthy Future for our Children

Today, more than 12.5 million children – 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 -are overweight.  Teaching children the importance of healthy eating and physical activity at a young age is necessary to help prevent overweight and obesity in this country. Together we can make a difference.

As Surgeon General, I ask you to join this movement to help children achieve and maintain a healthy weight by making this promise:

Surgeon General’s Pledge

I pledge to:

  • Be a role model by making healthy choices for myself.
  • Help children be physically active through everyday play and participation in sports.
  • Support children’s healthy eating habits.

A healthy future is our gift to our children.



(You can download a printable version of the Surgeon General's Pledge to sign and post as a reminder.)


Here are steps you can take and information to help you keep your pledge: