Obesity is a common nutritional concern among low-income preschool children, one of the target populations of the WIC Program.
Statistics from 2002 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System show about 17 percent of children ages 2, 3 and 4 are already overweight. Nutritional counseling for the program targets obesity and encourages physical activity.
Our mission is to foster healthy weight and fitness among Kentuckians to prevent related chronic diseases. We will develop and support policy and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles.
The Partnership for a Fit Kentucky was developed under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Obesity Grant with funding from public and private partners. The grant award for 2005-2006 is $450,000.
The five-year grant targets all Kentuckians and seeks to reduce and prevent obesity and chronic disease in Kentucky. The state action plan, based on broad community input gathered from nine regional forums, addresses six key objectives:
- increase consumption of fruit and vegetables;
- increase physical activity;
- increase breastfeeding;
- other dietary concerns;
- decrease TV/computer screen time; and
- increase parental involvement.
The plan targets varied and diverse businesses and communities, the environment, health care and schools.
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