The U.S.-México Border Health Commission (BHC) has identified obesity and diabetes as priorities for 2009-2010 in support of and in response to the XXVI U.S.-México Border Governor’s Conference Joint Declaration. The BHC will further promote the complementary themes of “Families in Action for Health - Preventing Obesity and Diabetes” during the annual Border Binational Health Week celebration in October 2009.
In support of this initiative, the BHC wishes to share this white paper examining the prevalence, risk factors, and health outcomes of the childhood obesity epidemic along the U.S. side of the U.S.-México border with a separate white paper on the topic of diabetes to follow at a later date.
This paper is being released following the U.S.-México Border Child and Adolescent Health Forum that took place in El Paso, Texas, hosted by the Offices of Border Health of New Mexico and Texas, in coordination with the BHC, with the objective of analyzing the status of children’s health along the U.S.-México border and prioritizing recommendations from participants in the areas of policy, research, and best practices for improving children’s health.
The BHC continues its mission to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the United States–México border with support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the México Secretariat of Health in partnership with the ten U.S.–México Border States and other public and private organizations.
This white paper may be of interest to border health partners and others in the United States-México border region.
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