State Task Force to Tackle Childhood Obesity

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Rep. Leslie Mortimer says the number of obese preschoolers has doubled in the last 30 years and it's tripled for kids ages six to 11. Mortimer is not only a lawmaker, but is also a registered dietician. It's because of this that she feels compelled to take action against the growing obesity epidemic.

She has asked Speaker of the House Craig DeRoche to form a statewide task force. They'll be holding public meetings, talking to educators, food service workers, doctors and kids looking for solutions.

Sparrow pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Douglas Henry applauds the task force and agrees it will take more than just action by lawmakers or school administrators to make a difference. He says the answer will also come from changing habits within families.

Public hearing dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Mortimer also has a bill in committee that aims to increase the amount of physical education kids are required to receive while in school.


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