Friday, December 2, 2011

Anna Maria Chávez Commits to Reverse the Growing Epidemic of Childhood Obesity

Food Product Design reports that out-of-school programs have been identified as a promising area for promoting healthy habits and preventing childhood obesity; however, the foods offered and physical activity opportunities for participating children varies. To address this, the alliance ChildObesity180 announced a unique partnership of leading out-of-school-time organizations to adopt consistent principles for nutrition and physical activity.

The Healthy Kids Out of School initiative is a collaboration between Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Council of La Raza, the National Council of Youth Sports, the National Urban League, Pop Warner, US Youth Soccer, YMCA of the USA, and the National 4-H Council. ChildObesity180 convened the leaders to develop universal nutrition and physical activity principles from a broad list of evidenced-based recommendations for combating childhood obesity.

Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez was invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama in DC to speak at the inaugural summit of the Partnership for a Healthier America, part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign.

Anna joined key organizations and leaders from the government, nonprofit, and private sectors to commit to reverse the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. In addition to speaking to 800 executives at the conference, Anna met with co-chairs former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Newark Mayor Corey Booker. At the close of the summit, Anna and Mrs. Obama discussed their shared enthusiasm for ending childhood obesity, and the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

Anna’s DC visit also included a trip to the Council of our Nation’s Capital to visit with CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon, and tour the facility with the DC council staff.

At the end of her visit, Anna took to the Hill to bring Girl Scouting’s message to congressional leaders, including U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and U.S. Representatives
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Joe Bacca (D-CA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), and Allison Schwartz (D-PA).