Recent data indicates that more than 47 percent of 5th, 7th and 9th graders are classified as overweight or obese. Even more concerning, 2009 data shows that out of all the 58 counties in California, Long Beach has the highest rate of obesity and overweight, low-income 2- to 5-year-olds.
Councilman of the First District of Long Beach, Robert Garcia, was shocked at these numbers and was inspired to create a new health initiative entitled, "Let’s Move LB." "Let’s Move LB" seeks to combat childhood obesity and improve the health of the
Long Beach community. The new program would lead to an increase in organized fitness events and includes money for event promotion to ensure that Long Beach residents are aware of these healthy events.
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach has teamed up with “Let’s Move LB” to continue promoting health and wellness of our young patients. The childhood obesity epidemic has lead to an increase in children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypertension – diagnoses that have been predominantly found in adults.
The "Let’s Move LB" website includes information on ways to eat healthy and how to get active. The "Eat Healthy" section on the site describes what a healthy meal is and how to correctly read nutrition labels on food. Also, it offers healthy recipes for families to try at home. Exercise tips, park and gym locations and workout programs can be found in the "Get Active" section.
As health care providers it is our responsibility to care for our community and promote healthy lifestyles. By teaming up with “Let’s Move LB,” Miller Children’s is helping to take a stand against childhood obesity.