When the coalition formed in 2011, coalition members chose to focus on promoting healthy lifestyles so children in their community will not struggle with being overweight or obese. The coalition promotes healthy lifestyle education for children through nutrition, physical fitness and resilience and empowering families with healthy living information through community opportunities. Childhood obesity is a complex health issue driven by factors such as environment, community, family behaviors, and ability to make healthy lifestyle choices1. Healthy lifestyles programming can help prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses, helps foster a positive self-awareness and improve mood, and help improve a child's capacity to learn at school 2, 3.
1Cook Children's (2018). Community Health Needs Assessment: Community-wide Children's Health Assessment and Planning Surveys
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