Reducing Obesity and Preventing Diabetes in Schools

The need for schools to take a leading role in the promotion of healthy living has been increasingly important given the overall decline in physical fitness, the rise of obesity among our nation’s youth and the rising number of pediatric patients who are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Our Overweight and Obesity Legislative Task Force found that schools should serve as models of healthy behavior by promoting good nutritional habits and physical activity.

We encourage all state legislators to support the Overweight and Obesity Legislative Task Force recommendations, which include improving school nutrition programs, eliminating vending machines, increasing physical fitness opportunities, and developing appropriate screening programs.

Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life

We have joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Heart Association (AHA) to encourage the prevention and early detection of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. 

The goal of “Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life” is to stimulate improvements in disease prevention and early detection by increasing public awareness about healthy lifestyles, increasing the focus on prevention among healthcare providers and supporting legislation to increase funding for and access to prevention programs and research.

Collectively, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke account for nearly two out of every three deaths in America today.  Lifestyle factors - such as obesity, poor nutrition, smoking and lack of physical activity - have a significant impact on the prevention of these chronic illnesses.

ADA, ACS, and AHA are working together to raise awareness among policymakers of the staggering human and financial costs of these chronic diseases. Subsequently, our organizations continue to fight for legislation that increases funding and research for prevention and early detection.

  • Last Reviewed: January 27, 2014
  • Last Edited: January 27, 2014

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