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Childhood Obesity Town Hall Meeting a call for community action

El Paso, TX, July 21, 2010 (PAHO/WHO) Nearly one out of three children in the United States are reported overweight or obese -- a rate that has tripled in adolescents and more than doubled in younger children since 1980. Without effective intervention, many more children will endure serious illnesses that will put as train on our health-care system, as stated by United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” nationwide campaign calls to action to community leaders, teachers and parents to prevent childhood obesity.  International, national, state and local organizations are joining forces in this movement to reverse childhood obesity.

The El Paso community is also joining the effort. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson- Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Initiative, the City of El Paso, Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, U.S.National Park Services, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, El Paso Independent School District, Faith-based and other community organizations, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at Houston, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, and Entravision Communication are working together with El Paso children and families to encourage everyone to eat well and be  more active, especially those in communities with less opportunities, such as the El Chamizal. The goal is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by improving access to affordable healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity. Therefore, join us to learn more about it, voice your opinion and have experts respond to your questions.

The “Childhood Obesity Prevention Town Hall Meeting”
ThursdayJuly 22, 2010
6:00PM to 7:00 PM

Chamizal National Memorial Theater
800S. San Marcial
El Paso, TX, 79905

This Town Hall Meeting is an opportunity to formally introduce this initiative to the residents of the Chamizal and neighboring communities’ members, some of the topics to be discussed are:

  • Childhood overweight and obesity in this area

  • Social determinants contributing to this situation

  • Healthier food choices (restaurants,grocery stores, and convenience marts)

  • Parks and recreational areas in this community and walking conditions such as, safer routes to school

  • Physical activity barriers

  • Look at in-school and after-school opportunities for sports and exercise

About the Chamizal Community

The Chamizalis considered today one of the oldest and poorest neighborhoods in the city.  It is located in south central El Paso, and physically bordering to Mexico in the south bound (next to one of the busiest international border crossing in town). The Chamizal is predominantly a residential (although mixed with commercial) neighborhood where the majority of families depend upon rental and public housing. For all of these reasons mentioned before The Chamizal was selected as one of the communities receiving a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- Healthy Kids,Healthy Communities national major grant to develop and implement a model advocacy-centered initiative designed to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and encourage healthy lifestyles through policy and environmental changes in this area and neighboring communities.

About Robert  Wood Johnson- Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) whose primary goal is to implement healthy eating and active living policy- and environmental-change initiatives that can support healthier communities for children and families across the United States. RWJF seeks to catalyze and support communities’ efforts to address the root causes of childhood obesity through integrated changes in policies, norms, practices,social supports and the physical environment. Starting in 2010, 50 communities from across the country including El Paso Texas are now funded to implement healthy eating and active living initiatives that can support healthier communities for children and families.
For more information, visit www.healthykidshealthycomunities.org

Fore more information please contact;

Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S,  Knowledge Management  & Communication Advisor
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) /
A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)
United States-Mexico Border Office.
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4  El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 2523 / Cel (915) 449-3040  / Fax  (915) 845-4361
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