Stemming the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Congressman Jim Matheson
2014-10-03 17:12:52
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah Dear Friend, One issue that is increasingly prevalent and deserves our attention is childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents between the ages of 2-19 years are obese. Unfortunately, these rates have almost tripled since 1980. During the 113th Congress, various pieces of legislation have been introduced with the goal of improved health among American youth. I recently co-sponsored the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, H.R. 2415, which authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow other physicians, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and instructors trained and certified by the National Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach Training program of CDC to provide, and be independently reimbursed for, intensive behavioral therapy for obesity outside of the primary care setting, while reporting recommendation and/or treatment plans for an individual to the individual's primary care physicians or practitioner. The FIT Kids Act, H.R. 2178, which focuses on the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles, school counseling, and parental involvement in children�s education, was also introduced. This legislation would amend the �No Child Left Behind Act� to prioritize quality physical education in schools and help temper a main contributor to childhood obesity � the decrease in physical activity levels of today�s youth. As we work to fight the childhood obesity epidemic, there are a number of federal resources that can be utilized, including: - Dietary Guidelines for Americans - 23 key recommendations for the general population and 6 additional key recommendations for specific population groups. These recommendations are intended to help people choose an overall healthy diet. - Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans � Research based guidance to help Americans age 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity. Additional resources focused on youth and school health can be found on the CDC�s website as well as on Health.gov. If childhood obesity rates continue on this trajectory, we may see a generation of children who are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. However, continued action and increased awareness can help our children lead healthier lives. I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community. Please�let me know areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information. I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Rep. Jim Matheson U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � Contact information: Website: matheson.house.gov Washington, DC Office 2211 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone - (202) 225-3011 Fax - (202) 225-5638 Utah District Office 9067 South 1300 West Suite 101 West Jordan, UT 84088 Phone - (801) 486-1236 Fax - (801) 486-1417 Unsubscribe: matheson.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm Privacy Policy: matheson.house.gov/Privacy-Policy
October 03, 2014

Dear Friend,

One issue that is increasingly prevalent and deserves our attention is childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately of children and adolescents between the ages of 2-19 years are obese. Unfortunately, these rates have almost tripled since 1980.

During the 113th Congress, various pieces of legislation have been introduced with the goal of improved health among American youth. I recently co-sponsored the , which authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow other physicians, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and instructors trained and certified by the National Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach Training program of CDC to provide, and be independently reimbursed for, intensive behavioral therapy for obesity outside of the primary care setting, while reporting recommendation and/or treatment plans for an individual to the individual's primary care physicians or practitioner.

The , which focuses on the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles, school counseling, and parental involvement in children�s education, was also introduced. This legislation would amend the �No Child Left Behind Act� to prioritize quality physical education in schools and help temper a main contributor to childhood obesity � the decrease in physical activity levels of today�s youth.

As we work to fight the childhood obesity epidemic, there are a number of federal resources that can be utilized, including:

Additional resources focused on youth and school health can be found on the as well as on If childhood obesity rates continue on this trajectory, we may see a generation of children who are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. However, continued action and increased awareness can help our children lead healthier lives.

I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community. Please  areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information. I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

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