Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2011 Children's Food Environment State Report

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Oklahoma can do more to improve access to healthy food – one piece of the puzzle in fighting childhood obesity. The 2011 Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report notes that Oklahoma falls above the national averages in the percentage of schools that offer less healthy competitive foods and that allow advertising of less healthy foods.

To view the full CDC report visit www.cdc.gov/obesity.

In Oklahoma 65.4% of middle and high schools allowed advertising of less healthy foods to students. This is above the national average of 49 percent. In relation, 59.8% of schools offer less healthy competitive foods. This is also above the national average of 51.4%.

The American Heart Association has been working with lawmakers in our state to improve the food environment in our schools. You can help advance our message by forwarding this report to your lawmakers.



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