September is National Childhood Obesity Month – CDC September 2017
- Childhood Obesity Is a Major Public Health Problem
- Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers.
- Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.
- Children with obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems. Adult obesity is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancers.
- Addressing Obesity Can Start in the Home, but Also Requires the Support of Providers and Communities
- State and local health departments, businesses, and community groups
- Health Care Providers
- Early Care and Education centers and schools – provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors
While giving children healthy meals in school is a great start, the key to breaking the cycle of overweight children turning into obese adults with chronic conditions is teaching them good habits early on. We are helping many states through your SNAP-Ed and WIC programs and would love to work with you, or whoever you deem appropriate, to teach the children of your great state to learn how to cook for a lifetime of healthful habits, family bonding and even a return to cultural roots as families prepare family favorites. Here is our story . . .
Seven years ago, Sally Sampson, cookbook writer and mother of two was struck by two seemingly intersecting issues. Few families were cooking from scratch, and many were suffering from obesity and poor nutrition. She noticed that pediatricians and public health officials talked about healthy eating habits but did not have concrete ideas or fun and impactful tools to teach one of the most important skills to children, the ability to cook fresh food to nourish themselves.
Sally launched ChopChop Kids, a non-profit with the mission of inspiring and teaching children and families to cook and eat real food together. We believe that cooking and eating together is critical to every family’s health and happiness, as well as a vital component in resolving obesity, poor nutrition and hunger.
Today, we reach over three million families nationwide and in 23 countries via the award-winning ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families (attached) plus an accompanying curriculum for educators (attached). We also publish ChopChop Sprout, Recipes and Tips for Healthy Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and we recently launched a third publication, Seasoned, Real Food for Healthy Living (seniors). We publish most of our magazines quarterly, in English and Spanish, and do not accept advertising.
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