Fighting fat for our kids

Here’s what Michelle Obama and the Childhood Obesity Task Force think we should do to fight childhood obesity, according to USA Today:

•Schools need to make sure elementary students get recess.

•Restaurants need to offer healthier choices on children's menus.

•The government should put more healthy foods in schools.

•The food industry increase advertising for healthy foods and beverages. Within three years, the majority of food and beverage ads directed to children should promote healthy foods.

•Media and entertainment companies should limit licensing of their popular characters to healthy food and beverage products.

•The government should have economic incentives to increase production of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

•Government, businesses and foundations should work to increase the number of safe parks and playgrounds.

•The federal government and local communities should distribute information about health guidelines through simple messages, such as: Drink water instead of soda; eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins; choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products; and, when possible, eat dinner together as a family.

The task force wants to lower the childhood obesity rate to 5% by 2030. Right now, about 32% of kids are overweight.

What do you think? Will this work? What would your recommendations be?

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