Making sure all children have a healthy diet and regular exercise can help them learn and stay well. In the long term, it can prevent lifelong health problems, lower health care costs and increase productivity in the workforce.

Overview

As a result of obesity, children today belong to the first generation of Americans whose life expectancy is projected to be shorter than their parents. They are at higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and other health problems.

In 2010, nearly 29% of children in Marin 2-5 years of age were identified as overweight obese according to the Pediatric Nutrition Survey. (CDC, Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance, 2010)  Mare than 30%% of students in grades 5, 7 and 9 in Marin were not at a healthy weight according to the 2013 California Physical Fitness Test results. Among economically disadvantaged 5th grade students, 55% were not at a  healthy weight compared to only 19% of those not disadvantaged. Only 51% of African American and 57% of Latino 9th graders were at a healthy weight compared to 79% of White students and 87% of Asian students. (2013 California Physical Fitness Test, Marin)

Less than 40% of 5th and 50% of 7th and 9th graders in Marin met all physical fitness standards on the 2013 state physical fitness test..