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Monthly Health Topics: Childhood Obesity Awareness & Fruits and Veggies Month!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

We can make changes to ensure our children live active, healthy lives.


September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Health Risks Now and Later. Join the conversation. Spread the word. Take action.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem. In the 2007-2008, 17% of US children are obese, and certain groups of children are even more severely affected by this problem. There is no single or simple solution to childhood obesity.  It is influenced by many different factors, including a lack of access to healthy food and drinks as well as limited opportunities for physical activity in the places where children live, play and learn. Working together, states, communities, and parents can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and adolescents.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM), and you can PLEDGE to SPREAD the word:

Learn more about what CDC's state-based programs are doing to fight childhood obesity:

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Fruits & Veggies — More Matters Month

Most Americans aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables.

September is Fruits & Veggies- More Matters month. Find out how many you should be eating each day.

Research shows that fruit and vegetables are important to promoting good health. Yet, the majority of Americans are not getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables they need each day.

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases, including stroke, other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers. However, it can be difficult for many Americans to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables because they might not be easily accessible, available, or affordable.

This month, CDC encourages you to take steps to eat more fruits and vegetables each day. To help you get started, check out CDC's 30 Ways in 30 Days for tips on eating more fruits and vegetables without breaking your budget.

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