- 1. Broken Kitchen Fryers Put New York School District on the Road to Health
- 2. Washington, D.C., Schools Provide Nutritious Meals After School
- 3. San Fernando, Calif., Puts Pedestrians First
- 4. Residents Leave Their Cars Behind in Oxford, Miss.
- 5. Urbana, Ill., School Makes it Possible for Children to Walk and Bike to School
- 6. Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana Gives Lessons in Reading Labels, Cooking Healthier
- 7. Exercise Before Class Improves Georgia Students' Grades, Self-Esteem
- 8. Seattle-Area Affordable Housing Community Planting Gardens, Building Sidewalks
- 9. Pittsburgh-Area Supermarket a Showplace for Healthier Food Options
- 10. Healthy Eating is a Community Event in Guam
- 11. Minnesota Interfaith Group Works to Provide Access to Healthier Foods and Exercise
- 12. Santa Cruz County Students Making Local Restaurants Healthier
- 13. A Victory For Urban Agriculture in Kansas City
- 14. Los Angeles Attorneys: Physical Education is a Right, Not a Privilege
- 15. Georgia Community Making Parks More Accessible
- 16. El Paso Group Teaches Kids to Eat Healthier
- 17. Cincinnati Churches Take Wellness Pledge
- 18. Buffalo Residents Work to Increase Access to Healthy Food, Exercise
- 19. Hawaii Says Aloha to Safe Streets
People across the United States and its territories—from small rural communities to large urban areas—are coming together to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. With more than 23 million children and adolescents already obese or overweight, communities are showing that with some creativity and hard work, we can change children's lives.
Successful endeavors show that creating healthy environments is key to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. When children have safe places to walk, bike and play in their communities, like parks, playgrounds and afterschool programs, they are more likely to be active and less likely to be obese. It is the same with healthy food. When communities have access to healthy affordable foods, families eat better.
This collection of stories highlights some of our grantees' efforts and aims to inspire others across the country. They are just a sample of what people across the country—in cities and towns, municipal buildings and rec centers, schools and places of worship—are doing to create healthier environments and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.
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