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Children's Health: The Facts

This year, as President Obama and Congress work together to enact health reform that reduces health care costs for families, businesses, and government; protects a patient's choice of doctors, hospitals, and insurance plans; and assures quality affordable health care for all Americans, we hope that you will participate by promoting healthy lifestyles in your community – a key to avoiding costly disease and improving the nation's health.

The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 has more than doubled in the past 26ars, going from 6.5% in 1980 to 17.0% in 2006. The rate among adolescents aged 12 to 19 more than tripled, increasing from 5% to 17.6%. footnote 1

Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. Obesity in adulthood increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and a general poor health status. footnote 2

According to a 2006 CDC survey, 23% of black children and 20% of Hispanic children had not received the recommended five-vaccine series by the age of 35 months. footnote 3

Thirty-two percent of low income children ages 2-17 had not visited a dentist in the last year according to the same 2006 study.

Commit yourself and a team of your friends, family, and neighbors to help improve children’s health and join United We Stand. This tool kit will give you the basics to plan your activity, recruit a team, organize your own service project, and make an impact.

1. Obesity Prevalence, CDC, accessed 2009,

2. The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (2006).

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