For Immediate Release: May 11, 2010
TFAH Praises Childhood Obesity Task Force’s Comprehensive Recommendations
(Washington, DC) - Trust for America's Health (TFAH) commends the Childhood Obesity Task Force’s report, Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation, which includes proposed recommendations for reducing the rate of childhood obesity from 17% to 5% by 2030. The report includes a total of 70 recommendations for specific action steps, many of which can be implemented right away and are minimal or no-cost.
"By looking across both the private and public sector and various government entities, these recommendations articulate a comprehensive approach to combating childhood obesity,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, Executive Director of Trust for America's Health. "The Childhood Obesity Task Force should be commended for setting such specific goals that will help direct the action needed to address this national epidemic."
Levi continued, "However, it is now the responsibility of the Administration and Congress to ensure that sufficient resources are provided so that each recommendation can be realized. Each agency must develop implementation plans for those recommendations for which it is responsible.”
Among the recommendations for federal action are:
• Increase resources for school meals.
• A multi-year Healthy Food Financing Initiative should be created to leverage private funds to address the problem of food deserts.
• The FDA and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service should collaborate with the food and beverage industry to develop and implement a standard system of nutritional labeling for the front of packages.
• If voluntary efforts to limit marketing of less healthy foods and beverages to kids do not achieve substantial success, the Federal Communications Commission should consider new rules regarding commercials during children’s programming.
• Federal policies should promote more physical activity by updating the President’s Challenge, reauthorizing the Surface Transportation Act to enhance livability and physical activity, having the EPA assist school districts with setting guidelines for new schools to consider promotion of physical activity, and enhancement of the Federal Safe Routes to Schools Program.
• The Federal government should provide guidance on how to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and reduce screen time in early child care settings.
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