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The childhood obesity epidemic afflicting Utah communities and the nation is an enormous concern. So most any program that creatively seeks to reverse the alarming trend warrants support.
A number of good efforts are underway in Utah. Last year, for example, the state offered a comprehensive agenda for reducing childhood obesity by 10% by 2010. School districts, healthcare groups and other local organizations are aggressively attacking the problem.
KSL is especially impressed with Intermountain Healthcare's recently announced LiVe initiative. Like other programs, LiVe encourages healthy eating, more physical activity and broad-based family support to combat obesity.
The LiVe message is now being conveyed through advertising, school assemblies and a host of other methods. It's especially significant that they'll be involving health care professionals in the effort to provide effective tools and spread information throughout the community.
Such efforts are encouraged and welcomed. Indeed, they are critically important.
When nearly a quarter of all Utah children are overweight, and 10 percent of the kids in the state are classified as obese, it is essential to attack the epidemic from as many angles as possible. As one expert said, "If this runaway train isn't slowed, the crisis will cause even more serious health (and societal) impacts in the future."