This week, through March 26th, we all have an unprecedented opportunity to shape the future of Federal efforts on children and weight. An inter-agency Task Force on Childhood Obesity is seeking your comments. (My first comment was change the name to something like Task Force on Healthy Futures for Children.)
The process is very easy: Go to www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480abe53d and fill in the blanks. The comment box has room for 2000 characters and you can also upload documents. You can submit multiple comments.
If you want to know more about the Task Force and their specific questions, read the Federal register at www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=0900006480abe53d.
Speak from your heart - from your personal experience and your professional expertise. Tell them about your work and positive programs that you support. The Task Force's work is built on four pillars:
- Ensuring access to healthy, affordable food;
- Increasing physical activity in schools and communities;
- Providing healthier food in schools; and
- Empowering parents with information and tools to make good choices for themselves and their families.
Actually, I support all four pillars, but I do not want them wrapped in a negative, stigmatizing shroud of childhood obesity. I want these efforts to be about healthy habits and healthy environments for children of all sizes, shapes, and weights. No fat boot camps, no biggest loser contests, and no fat vests for educational purposes.
I believe that effective programs must focus on all the reasons for kids to eat well and be active - great taste, body energy, brain power, school success, sports strength, and old-fashioned fun!