Online Program

APHA President Session - Let’s Move! Celebrating Five Years of Working to Improve Child Health

Monday, November 2, 2015: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
"The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation are at stake."- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010 Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in some high risk groups. Despite recent encouraging signs of progress in stabilizing or reducing obesity prevalence in young children, much work still remains to be done. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving this problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and reach their full potential. Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years; giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices; providing healthier foods in our schools; ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food; and, helping children become more physically active. This session will provide an overview of the many aspects and initiatives within Let’s Move! and will feature leaders at the forefront of efforts to improve child health from different societal sectors and organizational settings, such as: local elected officials, early care and education; schools; and business/industry. The session will also focus on lessons learned for public health leaders on interacting and communicating with these different sectors, and will provide suggestions on how to become involved in efforts to improve nutrition and physical activity environments for children.

Welcoming Remarks

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH
Let's Move! Active Schools   

Charlene Burgeson, MA, CAE
Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties   

David Baker, RN, PhD


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Organized by: APHA
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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