50 ways to reduce childhood obesity in central Indiana

Four in ten kids in central Indiana are at an unhealthy weight. That’s nearly a quarter million kids, or enough to fill Lucas Oil Stadium three times. 

Because of their weight, these kids are at significantly higher risk for life threatening conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

Group of kid running outside

How did we get here?

The causes of the obesity epidemic are numerous and complex. Food has become highly processed, calorie dense, and “super-sized.” Many families lack access to affordable, healthy food. Children have fewer opportunities to play and be active, as recess and physical education classes have been reduced or cut entirely in schools. Too many kids spend too much time sitting in front of computer screens, tablets, or smart phones. Many of them live in neighborhoods that lack safe places to play.

As a result, simply promoting public awareness and “personal responsibility” will not solve this crisis. There are no simple or one-size-fits-all solutions. 

What can we do?

No single entity or organization is able to tackle the childhood obesity issue on its own, but communities that engage a coordinated multi-sector approach to interventions have demonstrated success in reversing the trend of rising obesity rates. 

Here are more than 50 ways you can promote healthier living and help reduce childhood obesity in central Indiana, no matter where you are. Click on any item in the lists to learn more about it.

In schools

In child care

In the workplace

At home

This September, in honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, what will you do to ensure that children and families in central Indiana have healthy places to live, work, play, and learn? 

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