Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
For Minority Physicians
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that once were seen only in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) encourages families to take the following steps during September in observance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month:
- Get active outside. Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride or play basketball at the park.
- Limit screen time. Keep inactive screen time to no more than two hours a day.
- Make healthy meals. Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits and whole-grain foods.
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight. Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website to learn more.
The AMA-MAS promotes educating all patients about lifestyle changes that can be made to prevent obesity. Email the AMA-MAS if you have a project or idea that could help prevent this health disparity or raise awareness regarding obesity prevention.
Attend the fourth annual Association of Black Cardiologists fundraising dinner
Physicians in the Washington, D.C., area can participate in a special awards and fundraising event Sept. 28.
Hosted by the Association of Black Cardiologist, the 2013 Saving Hearts for Generations Awards and Fundraising Dinner will attract a glittering crowd of more than 300 physicians and business community leaders. The event will raise funds and awareness for programs aimed at eliminating racial and ethnic differences in the incidence and effects of heart disease.
The AMA is a trusted ally in these efforts. Download a brochure to learn more and sign up for the event.