GSA Helping Fight Childhood Obesity

GSA is taking a leadership role in the area of prevention and wellness at an agency and community wide level. As GSA’s designee on the President’s National Prevention Council, Sue Damour, GSA’s Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator, worked with community partners to create a bookmark that encourages parents to:82106298a

  • Read to their children

  • Add color to their plate with fruits and veggies

  • Run because it’s fun

The bookmarks will be distributed to two GSA child care centers in the Denver area, Health and Humans Services sites in Colorado, health care centers being served by Reach Out and Read, St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, Colo., and selected sites throughout the U.S. Department of Education.

On August 21, Regional Administrator Damour, Zach Taylor, Regional Health Administrator for Health and Human Services, Megan Wilson, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read, and Carlos Martinez, Executive Director of the Latino Community Foundation in Colorado, came together at the Colonnade Children’s Center in downtown Denver to hand out the bookmarks and talk with parents about the value of reading to their children and keeping a healthy lifestyle.

One in eight preschoolers is obese in the United States. That rate is higher among low-income, African-American, and Latino preschoolers. Providing families with books and promoting good nutrition serves two purposes: it improves children’s early school performance and inspires better eating habits.

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