Intern Onika Shabazz’s digital story, “The Policy of Obesity,” which she created as part of her internship here at HSD working, was shown at the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Conference, “Weight of the Nation,” in Washington D.C. in early May. See this link to the video. See conference link for more details about the conference. Onika is developing a second digital story on the Farm to Table Project in which she interviewed a provider, parent and farmer.
Soda Free Sundays, a project of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and partners, is encouraging everyone in King County and beyond to take a break from soda and sugary drinks each Sunday for the next six weeks. This six-week effort kicked off at the Seattle Center on April 26th. It’s not too late to participate.
Sugary drinks are one of the major contributors of obesity today, particularly among kids. In King County, one in five middle and high school youths are overweight or obese, and over half of King County adults are either overweight or obese.
As part of the Let’s Move Seattle! campaign, Mayor Mike McGinn is highlighting the fight against childhood obesity with a speakers bureau to be staffed by volunteers. Speakers will make presentations at local PTA meetings and to community group. If you’d like to volunteer for this effort, click here. Also, here is a link to an article by Dr. James Krieger, Public Health – Seattle & King County on reducing the intake of sugar-laden beverages.
Started by First Lady Michelle Obama, the Let’s Move! campaign has an ambitious national goal of ending childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.