State laws and policies
Public Act 13-173:
An Act Concerning Childhood Obesity and Physical Exercise in Schools
This 2013 law requires public schools to include a total of 20 minutes of physical exercise in each regular school day for all elementary school students. It also requires local and regional school systems to adopt policies addressing any school employee who, during the regular school day, (1) prevents, as a form of discipline, an elementary school student from participating in the required period of physical exercise or (2) requires any student in grade kindergarten through 12 to engage in physical activity as a form of discipline. In addition, the law established a 19-member task force to study the effects of obesity on children's health. The task force must report its findings to the legislature's Children's Committee by October 1, 2014.
Commission events and resources
Childhood obesity forum highlights data—and possible solutions
On November 19, 2012, the Connecticut Coalition Against Childhood Obesity held a forum at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to engage leaders in government, education, health care, and advocacy in a dialogue to identify solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic. The keynote address was delivered by Kelly Brownell, PhD, director of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Video, documents, photos, and more resources
More than 300 turn out for 'Preventing Childhood Obesity' forum
On November 7, 2008 the Commission on Children co-led a forum to help municipal officials, community leaders, health-care professionals, educators, business people, and families respond effectively to the epidemic of childhood obesity. Read about the forum here
Food for Thought: Acting Locally to Address Childhood Obesity
The Commission hosted this forum for municipal officials with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities on June 27, 2006. Visit this page.
SustiNet panel learns what's been done about childhood obesity—and what needs to be done
Thomas R. Brooks, director of policy and research analysis
for the Commission on Children, gave an overview of the
state's efforts to combat childhood obesity at the December
11, 2009 meeting of the SustiNet Health Partnership
Childhood and Adult Obesity Task Force.
His remarks (PDF) | His PowerPoint slides (PDF) | SustiNet website
Letsmove.gov - An initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, "dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Center for Food Policy and Obesity -
Based at Yale University.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Leadership for Healthy Communities - Supports local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity
- Salud America! - Promotes policies and environmental changes that can help reverse the Latino childhood obesity epidemic.
Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future - An inititiative of the National League of
Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Created by the American
Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.
Department of Public Health
Connecticut Department of Education
Department of Environmental Protection
Links to local public health departments throughout Connecticut
Association of Directors of Health
Connecticut Recreation and Parks
Norwalk Department of Health: Suggested walking routes in the city
This page was last updated:
Wednesday, June 4, 2014