The President signed a Memorandum in February establishing the Task Force on Childhood Obesity and charged them with developing an interagency action plan to solve the problem of obesity in the US. The Task Force included the Secretaries of the Health, Agriculture, Interior, Education, Office of Management and Budget, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.
The Task Force published its action plan this month entitled Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation. Those of you who work in our physical activity and nutrition shop will probably want to read the 99 page report. In particular, you should take a look at the conclusions and recommendations table.
The task force also announced the Apps for Healthy Kids competition which challenges software developers, game designers, and students to develop fun and engaging software tools and games that drive children, especially “tweens” (ages 9-12) – directly or through their parents – to eat better and be more physically active.