Obesity Wellness Promotion :: Nationwide Children's Hospital


In June 2010, Ohio became the first state to respond to the obesity challenge, with Nationwide Children’s playing an integral role. The Healthy Choices for Healthy Children legislation bill will improve the nutritional value of foods offered during the regular and extended school day and raise the bar for physical education. It also provides for Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings upon school entry and in the 3rd, 5th and 9th grades, and a pilot program for daily physical activity during the school day. This is just one example of what Nationwide Children’s is doing to combat childhood obesity.
  • Healthy Choices for Healthy Children
    The Ohio General Assembly passed the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children legislation which will implement measures to decrease and prevent childhood obesity in Ohio schools.
  • Full Potential Report
    The 2008 Full Potential report, developed in partnership with Columbus Public Health and more than 20 other community agenices, higlighted 10 indicators presenting critical preventable health threats for Franklin County children.   

  • Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition
    The Center offers families a comprehensive approach to weight management, offering programs for both the prevention and treatment of overweight children.
  • Managing Obesity
    The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition has developed several tools intended to provide primary care physicians with practical guidance on the approach to the obese child.
  • Fitness and Nutrition Club
    The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Fitness and Nutrition (F.A.N.) Club was established in 2008 as part of the hospital’s pediatric obesity initiative to help 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students experience fun activities to keep them fit and healthy through physical activity and education.

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