Fighting obesity starts now with healthy choices

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I cannot agree more with Dr. William Dietz who was quoted in " 'Eating Myself to Death' " (Oct. 7) about the importance of healthy choices for parents and children in the fight against obesity.

At Let's Move Pittsburgh -- a local organization focused on increasing nutritional education and getting kids moving, growing and cooking food -- we encourage everyday lifestyle changes but also understand the challenges of making sure kids are eating well and being active. For some, it is a busy schedule and lack of information; for others, it is limited access to and funds for nutritious food.

As a community, we have to pull together to address all of these barriers. If we do not, the nearly one-third of all children born after 2000 who are now facing a future plagued by diabetes and other obesity-related chronic diseases don't stand a chance. I have heard many people say that this generation of kids is the first that will not outlive their parents. I know this is not what I want for my young boys or any other child in our region.

I commend the new Allegheny Health Department executive director, Karen Hacker, on her initiative to provide leadership in this arena, and I look forward to working with Dr. Hacker to improve the odds for our kids. As a city, we can make a difference but we need the entire community rallied around this important issue. I encourage everyone to join Let's Move Pittsburgh and start today!

HANNAH HARDY
Director of Programming and Operations
Let's Move Pittsburgh
Oakland


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First Published October 13, 2013 8:00 PM


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