Last month the United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) Issue Awareness Committee hosted “Calories In: Addressing the Scale and Curbing Obesity,” a health awareness event offered to young professionals from around the Chicagoland region. The event aimed to bring issues around obesity to light. While obesity is a nationwide issue that doesn’t discriminate based on qualities such as age or gender, we are now seeing a societal interest in addressing childhood obesity. In recent years, the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has made a national commitment to addressing childhood obesity as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign. The city of Chicago is no different in its efforts to address childhood obesity. Research snapshots tell us that Chicago’s children tend to be slightly more overweight than the national average. As this problem continues to grow, we will see children’s health and happiness affected by these issues. As the next generation of parents and community leaders, it is pivotal we do our part to continue helping address the issue of childhood obesity. If you are interested in learning more about Chicago’s efforts to address this pervasive issue, you can explore information provided by CLOCC (Consortium to Lower Childhood Obesity in Chicago’s Children) or you can volunteer with United Way funded agencies working on this issue such as Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center and Healthcare Network. Together, we can continue addressing the scale and curbing obesity. Post submitted on behalf of Brett Taylor, YLS Issue Awareness Committee Co-Chair and Special Projects Coordinator, Office of the President, Chicago Children’s Museum.
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