ACFN Recognizes Local Obesity-Fighting Initiatives
children at HUD housing complexes across Baltimore will have the
opportunity to learn jump- rope routines from trained volunteer coaches
as part of a program called "JumpSmart" (Jump Rope, Eat Smart).
It was one of
four Baltimore-area programs recognized during a panel discussion by
the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition (ACFN) for blazing a
trail in community-based efforts to keep people active and eating
right. The panel was the fourth in an ACFN series called TRIUMPH --
Trends, Resources and Inspiration for Understanding and Maintaining
(American Council for Fitness and Nutrition) is shining a light on the
creative work taking place in cities across the nation to stem the tide
on obesity," said ACFN Advisory Board Member Lisa Katic, R.D., who
moderated the panel co-hosted by ACFN and the National Association for
Health and Fitness. "JumpSmart and all the Baltimore-area programs we
highlighted today are indicative of the comprehensive, behavior-focused
efforts taking place in communities across the country to help people
improve their health by staying active and eating smart."
the Centers for Disease Control, six percent of total medical expenses
in Maryland go to obesity-related causes, totaling more than $1.5
The other three programs recognized were:
- The Eating Together Program, a federally funded initiative that offers
nutritious meals as well as instruction on meal preparation at local
senior centers and residences.
- C.H.A.M.P. (Church/Community Health Awareness & Monitoring Program), a
community-based health education program focused on cardiovascular
disease prevention, such as a training program for church cooks on
preparing heart-healthy meals for church events.
- Be Healthy, Be You, a program of the University of Maryland Statewide
Health Network and Eating Together Baltimore, which conducts education
on diet, health maintenance and physical activity at senior centers,
churches and public housing complexes.
speaker for the TRIUMPH panel discussion was Kate A. Coler, deputy
undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. "Our goal is to help Americans live longer,
healthier, better lives. The USDA's new MyPyramid symbol is meant to
encourage consumers to make smart food choices in every food group, and
to be active every day," she said.
ACFN is a
non-profit organization that brings together food and beverage
companies, associations and health and nutrition advocates to work
toward viable long-term solutions to the nation's obesity epidemic.
For more information on ACFN, visit www.acfn.org
Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) is a non-profit organization
that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the
United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and
healthy lifestyles and by the fostering and supporting of Governors'
and State Councils on physical fitness and sports in every state and
For more information on NAHF, visit www.physicalfitness.org