The childhood obesity epidemic has reached alarming levels. Multiple studies show a tripling of prevalence over the last thirty years. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,” we are raising the first generation of youth who will live sicker and shorter lives than their parents.”

As healthcare providers, we see the impact this epidemic has on the children and families we care for. It affects not only the physical and emotional health of children, but their academic and economic potential as well as the overall health and economics of our communities.