In 2011, the City of Hialeah created the “Hialeah Healthy Families” initiative to help combat against childhood obesity in a joined partnership with the Miami-Dade County School Board. An estimated 46 percent of school-age children in the City of Hialeah are overweight or obese according to recent statistics reported in the 2011 Hialeah Healthy Families Call to Action plan. For toddlers, 36 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds in Hialeah are overweight or obese. Compared to the national average of 32-percent, Hialeah has a higher percentage of children who are overweight.
The Call to Action Plan has been approved and provides strategies, activities and policies that address childhood obesity. The Plan includes programs that increases awareness of a healthy lifestyle, improve access to healthier foods and enhances access physical activity. The increase in childhood obesity is alarming and putting strain on their young bodies. These children are now more prone to having diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, bone and joint problems and have the risk of remaining overweight in adulthood.
“Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the nation with the number of obese children and adolescents more than tripling in the past 30 years,” said Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, who proposed the resolution.
Join the fight against childhood obesity! Get your children active now before it’s too late!