Teachers Play Key Role in Program to Fight Childhood Obesity


An innovative physical activities guide developed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute FPG is helping North Carolina fight childhood obesity. New research shows that when teachers direct these physical activities, young children become more active and less sedentary.

“In the past twenty years, childhood obesity rates have skyrocketed,” said FPG investigator Allison De Marco. “And for the first time in over a century, children’s life expectancies are declining because of increased numbers of overweight kids.”

De Marco said these statistics are especially alarming because research has long shown that being overweight during childhood is associated with health issues later in life. Obesity, coupled with a lack of physical activity, can lead to coronary heart disease, hypertension, Type II diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

“About one-third of overweight preschoolers and one-half of overweight school-age children remain overweight as adults,” she explained.

She also noted that studies have shown how physical activities can reduce the chances of developing obesity and chronic diseases, while positively influencing other areas of development. Childhood physical activity is related to better health, higher test scores, and fewer behavioral problems.

“But preschoolers engage in mostly sedentary activities,” said De Marco. “Surprisingly, children don’t just run outside and play, and even at recess, preschoolers actually are fairly inactive.”

“Clearly, it’s important to get children up and keep them moving,” said FPG director Samuel L. Odom. He and his colleagues wanted to create a program that would include children even younger than the 3 to 5-year-olds that other physical activity programs had tried to target previously.

Source: FPG Child Development Institute

Available at: http://fpg.unc.edu/news/teachers-play-key-role-program-fight-childhood-obesity

Let’s Move! Webinar Will Feature CMOM’s EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum

Dates and Times: June 18, 12-1:30pm EDT, repeated September 15, 12-1:30pm EDT

Three federal Let’s Move! partners will host free training webinars featuring the EatPlayGrow™ early childhood health curriculum of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan CMOM. Presented by CMOM educators, the interactive webinars will cover obesity prevention lesson plans and activities; early childhood methodologies; wellness leadership and capacity building; partner and community resource development; and other topics of interest to staff of child care centers, museums, community centers, faith-based organizations, public libraries, and other community locations where parents and their children come to learn, be active, and have fun.EatPlayGrow™ is an early childhood health curriculum developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan CMOM in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s NIH’s We Can! Program. The curriculum combines the most up-to-date science from the NIH with CMOM’s creative educational approach to teach young children and their parents how to make healthy nutritional and physical activity choices. EatPlayGrow™ is free and available online. Click here to download a copy.

Webinar: EatPlayGrow™early childhood health curriculum

Dates and Times: June 18, 12-1:30pm EDT
repeated September 15, 12-1:30pm EDT

June 18 registration link: www4.gotomeeting.com/register/614180479
September 15 link: www4.gotomeeting.com/register/907340055

A certificate of completion will be provided to participants who take the entire webinar training does not apply to phone access only.

This webinar training is co-hosted by CMOM’s Let’s Move! Partners: Let’s Move Faith and Communities, Let’s Move! Child Care, and Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens.About the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nations 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Sciences

Available at: http://www.idevmail.net/message.aspx?d=73&m=2112&e=bhamilton@hrsa.gov&r=1118567