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Family and Social Services Administration

Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning Home > Provider Resources > Ways to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity Ways to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a problem with Indiana's children. Almost one third of children 5 years of age and younger have a body weight that is greater than 85 percent of their peers. Half of those children are considered obese and are at a great risk for health and self-esteem problems later in life.


The Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative (IHWI) is a statewide task force that works together to improve the health of Hoosiers through policy and physical environment supports in these specific settings: worksites, schools, health care, breastfeeding, older adult, child care, community built environment, and community food environment. The IHWI has released a series of videos highlighting successes in each of these settings.


The latest release, Child Care, features Crosslight Christian School in Cicero, Indiana. Please take a few minutes to watch the video which features the following individuals discussing the important role of nutrition and physical activity in a child care setting:

  • Joanna Moore, director of Crosslight Christian School
  • Jamie Evans, mother and employee at Crosslight Christian
  • Patricia Cole, Indiana Accreditation Project Senior Director at the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children


Watch the video: http://www.inhealthyweight.org/203.htm?itemCode=1VNSUcOd686EC2Iy5FOK6A6239EQ90L6239EQ90L&v=21

After watching the video, please help us spread the word about the great work being done throughout Indiana.

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 Visit the links below for more information on ways to help prevent childhood obesity