The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors passed two resolutions on Thursday in support of policies to curb childhood obesity.
One of the resolutions applauded efforts to support access to affordable and nutritious food. Another resolution recognizes September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. In creating these resolutions, several policies were endorsed to support healthy habits for children — having fresh fruits and vegetables available, physical activity, creation of local parks and walking trails and infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling.
“Enacting policies to decrease childhood obesity now will have a positive impact for a generation of Oklahomans,” said Dr. Bruce Benjamin, chair of the TSET Board of Directors. “Healthy habits learned young last a lifetime. The youngest Oklahomans are facing life expectancies shorter than their parents. It is vital we take action to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity.”
That’s right, life expectancies shorter than their parents. Do we want our children and grandchildren to live shorter lives?
The city of Muskogee has taken steps to help by creating bicycle lanes on some city streets, by encouraging the use of Centennial Trail and by improving the parks around the city.
The time to act is now. Put down the TV remote. Turn off the computer. Put down your phone. Get up, get out and get some exercise. Try new foods. Check out the Farmers Market for fresh fruit and vegetables. If our children see us doing the right thing, they are more apt to do the right thing — and live longer, healthier lives.