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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – September 2010

September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

When: September 1–30, 2010
Where: Nationwide
Institute: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

In the past 30 years, the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than doubled among children ages 2–5, tripled among youth ages 6–11, and more than tripled among adolescents ages 12–19.

In recognition of this issue, September has been designated National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Visit NIH's We Can!® (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) program Web site this month to learn more about childhood obesity and how to combat it. The site has a number of resources and tips for helping kids and families stay active, eat right, and reduce screen time. In addition, We Can! community sites recently submitted videos promoting a healthy lifestyle for the We Can! program's first video contest. Stay tuned to find out who won.

Next Steps

To check out the We Can! Web site, visit You can view the videos at and connect with others at

This page last reviewed on October 17, 2012

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