Today, the American Heart Association presented testimony to the New York City Board of Health encouraging improvements for the quality of child care facilities in our city. We are truly passionate about obesity prevention in our youngest New Yorkers, and our comments focused on the impact of nutrition and physical activity standards as effective ways to promote health. Thanks to Pamela Bonney, AHA Advocacy Committee member and registered dietician, who spoke on behalf of our organization and provided an excellent voice for our mission.
Learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle should be taught at a young age. We know obesity is a problem...obesity and excess weight cause health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Because 69% of all US adults are either overweight or obese, it is absolutely necessary that our city’s children learn healthy behaviors now in order to eventually improve our city's health.