Childhood obesity remains a major public health crisis for the nation and our region.
The incidence of obesity among children is staggering. During the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in this country is overweight or obese. These children have a much higher risk of developing serious chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and many cancers, which have long been associated with middle age. In fact, some experts are estimating that one in three of today's pre-adolescents will suffer from type 2 diabetes in adulthood.
During the past decade, the Highmark Foundation has taken a leadership position regionally in combating this epidemic and remains committed to funding programs that are sustainable, replicable and that achieve measurable outcomes.
The programs the Foundation has introduced fall into two major categories: physical activity and nutrition. Physical activity—in a variety of forms—has been a key element of the Highmark Foundation's plan to address the national health epidemic. To complement these efforts, the Foundation also supports the efforts of hundreds of school districts and other community-based programs that educate children and families about the benefits of healthy nutrition and eating habits.
Combined, these efforts have reached more than 1 million children and more than 1,500 schools across Pennsylvania, and we're still not done.
The Foundation remains committed to working toward change and prevention in the area of childhood obesity. Learn more about their goals and strategies to address this epidemic.More Details
The Highmark Foundation supports programs that work directly with children and adolescents to promote nutrition and healthy eating habits through behavior-focused strategies.More Details
The Highmark Foundation supports programs that work directly with children and adolescents to promote physical activity through behavior-focused strategies.More Details
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