Turning a national spotlight on child obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to highlight not only the health challenges facing our children, but also the solutions that we’re promoting through our work at Jump IN for Healthy Kids. In central Indiana 4 out of 10 children are estimated to be overweight or obese. That’s nearly a quarter…

Infographic about childhood obesity rates

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School recess is critical to student learning and good health

Health. Moves. Minds: As part of the Healthy Schools Action Team, Jump IN assisted last week in putting on Health. Moves. Minds., a superintendents symposium to assist in educating Indiana school district leaders in educating on the Whole Child, Whole School, and Whole Community model. Attendants included superintendents from 34 Indiana counties, impacting 385 schools. The Whole Child, Whole…

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Childhood overweight and obesity – how big a problem is it?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its top 10 list of threats to global health in 2019. Number two on that list is noncommunicable diseases, many of which are related to overweight and obesity.  Obesity is associated with noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease,  which account for 70% of deaths worldwide – 41 million…

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