September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Congress declared September the first-ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. This is a time for all Americans to
• Realize children’s lives are in danger from excess foods and lack of physical activity;
• Make changes that will result in healthier kids and
• Take responsibility for a healthier future.

eXtension’s Families, Food and Fitness community of practice (CoP) of health and nutrition professionals invites all Extension workers to help Americans become healthier.

Families, Food and Fitness content on eXtension is focused on six key behaviors to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight:
• Move More Everyday
• Tame the Tube
• Control Portion Size
• Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
• Prepare More Meals at Home
• Re-Think Your Drink

Besides articles, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and Ask an Expert, the area has fun interactive tools including the “Beverage Guide to Sugars,” “Fast Food Menu with Fitness Calculator,” “Spice Guide” and “Nutrition Facts Label.” The site also offers healthy recipes, a cooking and nutrition glossary contributed by culinary textbook author Chef Sarah Labensky, and short, entertaining, and instructional videos.

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The Families, Food and Fitness CoP has 11 leaders from Mississippi State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; Rutgers, State University of New Jersey; University of Tennessee; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

If you are interested in joining the community, visit