Childhood obesity: Group calls on adults to take action to help kids

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Keeping kids active is child's play

EUGENE, Ore. - Over one third of children in the U.S. are obese or overweight and suffering from related chronic health problems.

In Lane County alone, childhood obesity affects up to 1 in 4 kids.

Organizations like the Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth are dedicated to reversing the epidemic by encouraging parents to keep kids healthy and active.

"We're really looking toward the adults to take action that's going to benefit our children," said Claire Syrett, Executive Director of LCHAY.

Syrett said those actions include simple steps like providing healthy meals and snacks; limiting screen time; and promoting daily physical activities.

She also suggests "asking your local convenience store if they would carry more produce."

"Talking to your local elected official, whether it's county commissioner, city councilor, and letting folks know that you support healthier options in our schools, and in our recreation centers” is a great way to bring about change, she added.

You can learn more at www.LCHAY.org