National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2014, 52941-52942 [2014-21256]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 171 / Thursday, September 4, 2014 / Presidential Documents 52941 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9156 of August 29, 2014 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2014 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Childhood obesity is one of the most urgent health issues we face in the United States. Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for many immediate and long-term health problems—including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. As a Nation, we have a responsibility to ensure our children have every chance to fulfill their potential, and that starts by providing them with the opportunities to make healthy choices. Recent data show progress is possible: obesity rates have fallen by 43 percent among children ages two to five years old. But we must remain committed to improving the health of kids of all ages. This month, we build on our progress and raise awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and active living so our children can lead prosperous and productive lives. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative is striving to ensure every young person has a chance at a healthy childhood. For more than 4 years, Let’s Move! has brought together stakeholders across the public and private sectors to encourage and expand access to physical activity and nutritious foods—two components of a healthy lifestyle. Across America, more communities have gained access to healthy and affordable food and the information needed to make more nutritious choices. Businesses are marketing healthier foods to kids, and families are buying healthier products. Family members, caregivers, and other role models can also play a critical role in helping children make healthy choices. Those who support our kids can model healthy behaviors by staying active and preparing healthy meals at home. Families can plant kitchen gardens, cook together, and encourage lifestyle choices that support a healthy weight. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D2 My Administration is working to make sure the hard work parents and caregivers are doing to teach kids healthy habits will not be undone outside the home. We have fought to improve the overall quality of school meals, and as students return to school this fall, they will have more opportunities than ever before to make healthy choices—including changes in foods offered in vending machines and a la carte lines. This past year, my Administration announced a new proposal to prohibit items that cannot be sold or served in schools from being marketed in schools. These measures build on the progress already made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which this year will allow more than 22,000 schools across the country to qualify to serve free, healthy breakfasts and lunches for all their students. Each American has an important part to play as we build healthier communities for young people across our Nation. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we continue our work to provide every child with healthy food, active play, and a good example to follow. By committing to a healthy lifestyle for our families and eating right ourselves, we can help turn the tide against childhood obesity across our country. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. I encourage all Americans VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:46 Sep 03, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\04SED2.SGM 04SED2 52942 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 171 / Thursday, September 4, 2014 / Presidential Documents to learn about and engage in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our Nation’s children. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. [FR Doc. 2014–21256 Filed 9–3–14; 11:15 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:46 Sep 03, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\04SED2.SGM 04SED2 OB#1.EPS</GPH> tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D2 Billing code 3295–F4

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 171 (Thursday, September 4, 2014)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-21256]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 79 , No. 171 / Thursday, September 4, 2014 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9156 of August 29, 2014

                
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2014

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Childhood obesity is one of the most urgent health 
                issues we face in the United States. Nearly one in 
                three American children are overweight or obese, 
                putting them at risk for many immediate and long-term 
                health problems--including high cholesterol, high blood 
                pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. As a 
                Nation, we have a responsibility to ensure our children 
                have every chance to fulfill their potential, and that 
                starts by providing them with the opportunities to make 
                healthy choices. Recent data show progress is possible: 
                obesity rates have fallen by 43 percent among children 
                ages two to five years old. But we must remain 
                committed to improving the health of kids of all ages. 
                This month, we build on our progress and raise 
                awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and active 
                living so our children can lead prosperous and 
                productive lives.

                First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative is 
                striving to ensure every young person has a chance at a 
                healthy childhood. For more than 4 years, Let's Move! 
                has brought together stakeholders across the public and 
                private sectors to encourage and expand access to 
                physical activity and nutritious foods--two components 
                of a healthy lifestyle. Across America, more 
                communities have gained access to healthy and 
                affordable food and the information needed to make more 
                nutritious choices. Businesses are marketing healthier 
                foods to kids, and families are buying healthier 
                products.

                Family members, caregivers, and other role models can 
                also play a critical role in helping children make 
                healthy choices. Those who support our kids can model 
                healthy behaviors by staying active and preparing 
                healthy meals at home. Families can plant kitchen 
                gardens, cook together, and encourage lifestyle choices 
                that support a healthy weight.

                My Administration is working to make sure the hard work 
                parents and caregivers are doing to teach kids healthy 
                habits will not be undone outside the home. We have 
                fought to improve the overall quality of school meals, 
                and as students return to school this fall, they will 
                have more opportunities than ever before to make 
                healthy choices--including changes in foods offered in 
                vending machines and a la carte lines. This past year, 
                my Administration announced a new proposal to prohibit 
                items that cannot be sold or served in schools from 
                being marketed in schools. These measures build on the 
                progress already made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids 
                Act of 2010, which this year will allow more than 
                22,000 schools across the country to qualify to serve 
                free, healthy breakfasts and lunches for all their 
                students.

                Each American has an important part to play as we build 
                healthier communities for young people across our 
                Nation. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness 
                Month, we continue our work to provide every child with 
                healthy food, active play, and a good example to 
                follow. By committing to a healthy lifestyle for our 
                families and eating right ourselves, we can help turn 
                the tide against childhood obesity across our country.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as 
                National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. I encourage 
                all Americans

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                to learn about and engage in activities that promote 
                healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our 
                Nation's children.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                ninth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2014-21256
Filed 9-3-14; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F4