Arlington County Board Chairman wants to fight childhood obesity

January 30, 2013 by  

Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada kicked off his 2013 Moving Forward Together Initiative on January 17. The initiative is one to fight childhood obesity and its related health problems. He has been joined by the Arlington Healthy Community Action Coalition in this goal.

Tejada hopes to get the rest of the community involved in various projects that will strive to make children healthier and therefore live a happier life. These projects include such things as healthier eating programs, more physical activity, and fun public events.

The programs are largely dependent upon community volunteers, who will help support such initiatives as a healthy food and movement program for preschoolers, healthy recess activities, and after school programs, more natural vending machine options, the training of childcare workers in nutrition, and new community gardens. It is also hoped that ‘master food volunteers’ will adopt a site or institution to sponsor.

In order to kick the program off, grants were received from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, the CDC, and the Obesity Prevention through Healthy Communities Project.

It’s likely that the organizers of the initiative will be depending on Arlington printing companies to help spread the word about upcoming programs and activities. They can help develop and print a flyer that can be distributed to all the schools in the area, community centers, and the public library; it can also be mailed directly to parents in the community.

For more information about the Moving Forward Together Initiative, call Kara Grace at 703-228-6401.