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Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative

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(En Español)

Today, 12.5 million children are overweight in the United States—more than 17 percent. Overweight children are at greater risk for many serious health problems. This initiative promotes the importance of healthy eating and physical activity at a young age to help prevent overweight and obesity in this country.

To ensure a healthy future for America's children, we must—

  • Help Kids Stay Active
  • Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
  • Promote Healthy Choices

What Can You Do?

Join this effort. Take the Surgeon General's Pledge (En Español)to help prevent childhood overweight and obesity. Everyone has a role to play—use these action checklists to get started.

Working together, we can ensure our children's health—and their future.