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Bono Mack, Lowey Introduce Bill To Improve the Health of Youth
Date:5/6/2009

is and improving children's physical and emotional health. The IMPACT Act will improve how we address children's health and change girls' lives for the better."

The IMPACT Act will help coordinate efforts between public and private entities to improve the health and well-being of young people through a multi-pronged approach that will address the importance of good nutrition, exercise and prevention of eating disorders. Already, in cities and states across the country, programs are underway to encourage healthy food choices and exercise. This legislation will build on existing efforts and support and expand them by providing training grants for health professionals and competitive funding for programs on the community level.

Obesity among children aged 12-19 has increased from 5% to 17.6% (1976-1980 and 2003-2006) according to survey data through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. Additionally, the costs associated with obesity and being overweight are estimated to be $90 billion each year, according to the CDC.


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