AAFCS Obesity Initiative
Health and nutrition have always been a priority for family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals. In 2009, President Obama recognized AAFCS founder Ellen Swallow Richards during Women’s History Month for her environmental efforts. One of her many other distinctions was the establishment of the first school lunch program through the New England Kitchen in 1894 in Boston to help ensure that children received nutritious lunches.
In recent years, AAFCS has gathered professionals at a national conference to work on solutions to the obesity epidemic and created a public policy deliberation guide on obesity for citizens to use in forums across the country (http://www.aafcs.org/policy/deliberationpage.html).
With the obesity crisis in the U.S. and the new anti-obesity initiative launched in February 2010 by First Lady Michelle Obama, it is time for FCS professionals to increase our efforts and awareness of the research, resources, and programs FCS professionals provide to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The First Lady will encourage involvement by from every sector: community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms, and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. We can and must be involved and take this to the streets, too!
Consider where and how YOU can be involved: Affiliate level? AAFCS Community? FCCLA Chapter? Your 4-H group? Please join forces with us. Take it to the streets, keep us posted, and MAKE sure you link AAFCS and family and consumer sciences to everything you do!
Let the USDA know what you are doing! If you have a promising practice in the field of child nutrition, please complete the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply email email@example.com with your ideas or comments. Make sure you mention family and consumer sciences as they will post appropriate ideas on their website.
"Taking It to the Streets" PowerPoint Presentation- www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/TISslideshow_6-2012.pdf
Impact of Obesity on Life - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Impact_of_Obesity_Matrix.pdf
"Taking It to the Streets" PowerPoint Presentation- www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/TIS_2011_PPT.pdf
Comprehensive Obesity Prevention Resource Framework - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Child_Obesity_Resource_Framework.pdf
Obesity Prevention Resource Matrix - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Resource_Matrix.pdf
Childhood Obesity Causation Wheel - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Obesity_Causation_Wheel.ppt
Exercise Companion Piece - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Exercise_Companion.ppt
Alternative Food Choices Companion Piece - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Alt_Food_Choices.pdf
Family Meal Time Companion Piece - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Family_Meal_Time.pdf
Press Release Template - www.aafcs.org/res/obesity/Obesity_Press_Release_Template.doc
New Terminology for Childhood Overweight and Obesity - www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr025.pdf
Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs
New Campaign Promotes Childhood Obesity Prevention - http://recessrocks.com/
School Lunch Plan Battle - www.buffalonews.com/life/taste/article190924.ece?lnkname=art_3
Families, Food and Fitness Community of Practice in eXtension assembled their best back-to-school materials for parents and teachers - https://www.extension.org/pages/%22Back_to_School%22_with_Families_Food_and_Fitness
Blue Cross Good Health Club - www.bcbs.com/innovations/good-health-club
The Good Health Club provides child wellness and healthy eating tips for parents. The free materials come with American Academy of Pediatric approval and are available in English and Spanish.
Healthy Tip Sheet
Body Mass Index-for-age percentiles charts (English/Spanish; front-boys/back-girls)
Medical Physician Reference Guide (English only)
Fuel Up to Play 60 - www.fueluptoplay60.com/
Let's Move - www.letsmove.gov
A New Toolkit for “Chefs Move to Schools”
Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) announced a partnership with All-Clad and several kitchen equipment retailers that will help get schools and chefs started by providing them free cookware kits. PHA will offer these kits to 1,000 schools that have matched with a chef through the Chefs Move to Schools. The kits include induction burners, stainless steel pots and pans, and knives and utensils. The toolkit will also include a booklet with important guidance on how chefs can help their school become a Healthier US Challenge school, suggestions for cooking demos along with other helpful information. Schools and chefs should use the kits for cooking demonstrations that inspire young minds, and to illustrate the innovative ways kids can prepare meals that are both nutritious and tasty.
Affiliate Letter Template to Send to First Lady Michelle Obama and Letter Samples - www.aafcs.org/policy/letters.html
Establishing a Childhood Obesity Taskforce - http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-establishing-a-task-force-childhood-obesity
Action for Healthy Kids -
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - www.jamieoliver.com/campaigns/jamies-food-revolution
Lois Lewis, CFCS, Minnesota Affiliate, 2012 AAFCS National Teacher of the Year
Nancy Malafatopoulos, CFCS, Connecticut Affiliate, 2010 AAFCS National Teacher of the Year
I introduced the UnitedHealth Care grant to my FCCLA club members back in the fall. At that point we brainstormed ideas for the grant title. Our members voted on "Triple H (Happy, Healthy Hearts). I wrote the grant, and we received a $500 from UnitedHealth Care.
Staying with the FCCLA philosophy of "student run club," the students took it upon themselves to follow through with the ideas discussed and worked on a program to take to the elementary schools to help fight our epidemic of obesity. FCCLA members developed five stations that students would get to visit during the program. Stations included jump roping, choosing healthy snacks , playing musical chairs, and signing of a "exercise/eating healthy" commitment poster. FCCLA members even made their own contacts with the elementary schools. Visits included entire 2nd grade programs, as well as after school programs. Elementary students were actively involved for 45 minutes. Concluding the program, each student received a bag that included a jump rope to keep the students active, as well as handouts and an evaluation for the parents to fill out with their son or daughter--to be returned to the FCCLA student teachers.
The responses from teachers that observed these workshops were amazing. Many asked if this could be done annually. The students then decided to enter their work at the State FCCLA Star Events this past spring. The co-presidents of our local chapter volunteered to do the presentation. Their presentation got the highest score in the state of CT, and they will be taking their work to the National Convention in Anaheim, CA this July to compete at the National level.
This adventure has been so informative to our elementary friends and their families, and hopefully have changed habits within families, but beyond all that - the effects it had on our club members knowing the positive effect it had on so many was overwhelming. When I look back on the professionalism of the 6 students that went out to deliver the program, I am still so overwhelmed with pride. These FCCLA students prepared and delivered like seasoned teachers. They were amazing.
Jane Hinrichsen, Minnesota Affiliate
Karen Smith, Minnesota Affiliate