Promoting Health during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

About 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older and nearly 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. During September 2013, the nation is drawing attention to the effects of childhood obesity on physical and emotional health, health care costs, and national productivity.
In its special collection, “Obesity Prevention at the IOM,” the Institute of Medicine (IOM) highlights key scientific findings and policy recommendations to address this important issue. These resources include a video based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, an interactive infographic titled “Obesity: Complex But Conquerable,” and many other resources.
The Koshland Science Museum’s online exhibit “Food for Thought” explores healthy eating, supplements, and more.  In our School Lunches game, try your hand at applying USDA dietary guidelines by planning a nutritious lunch for a high school cafeteria—and make sure your “students” eat it!