The Partnership for a Healthier America
Supporting America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
The threat of childhood obesity to the health of our children and the health of our nation has never been greater. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is obese or overweight. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others may face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.
First Lady Michelle Obama recognizes this threat, and has taken up the cause with her Let's Move! initiative, encouraging families across the country to commit to living healthier lives. The Partnership for a Healthier America supports the First Lady's cause by encouraging, tracking and communicating commitments to healthier lifestyles from partner organizations - commitments that align with the priorities of the Partnership for a Healthier America.
The Partnership for a Healthier America fills a unique niche among childhood obesity initiatives across the United States. In collaboration with Let’s Move!, the Partnership will work alongside the Federal government to build target industry-specific solutions to fight obesity that can be measured and tracked. Rather than award grants, engage in policy discussions, or develop programmatic activities, the Partnership concentrates on mobilizing leadership from across sectors and at every level to take action that can have a significant impact on organizational goals.
The threat of childhood obesity is real, and will remain until we take action. The Let’s Move! initiative has gotten us started; now the Partnership is ready to help mobilize the nation to curb childhood obesity within a generation.