Whose job is it to keep kids fit

Barbara J. Moore, PhD and President of Shape Up America! explains how everyone can play an important role in addressing and solving childhood obesity
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Whose job is it to keep kids fit

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When it comes to addressing childhood obesity, I can’t think of anyone who doesn't have an important role to play, whether you’re a teacher or a health care professional, a political leader, a member of the zoning board, on the school board or a parent, we all have to pitch in and we all have to create a healthier environment for children to live in and grow up in and that includes making it possible for them to have healthier foods, access to affordable healthier foods and a more active lifestyles, safer neighborhood, safer schools, maybe even the possibility of walking to school for some kids. There are things that called a walking school bus which involves a parent picking up kids on their way to school and delivering them back home again in the end of the day. There are ways parents can team up to address this problem, but political leaders have a role to play, we all have a role to play, because we are role models for children and we are responsible for the environment in which children grow up and live.

Barbara J. Moore, PhD and President of Shape Up America! explains how everyone can play an important role in addressing and solving childhood obesity

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Barbara J. Moore, PhD

President, Shape Up America!

Barbara J. Moore, PhD is president and CEO of Shape Up America!, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. The mission of SUA is to raise awareness of obesity as a health issue through its award-winning website, Shapeup.org  and other communication channels.  Considered a leading authority on obesity in the United States, Dr. Moore served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children in Youth, which produced the landmark 2005 report Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Moore received her PhD in nutritional science from Columbia University. Her postdoctoral training in nutrition and physiology was at the University of California at Davis. She held an academic position at Rutgers University and also served in industry as General Manager of Program Development at Weight Watchers International.  She held several federal government positions at the White House and the National Institutes of Health before joining Shape Up America! in 1995. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MS in nutrition from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. 

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