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Childhood Obesity

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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

More resources

National - 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)

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity - Based at Yale University.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future - An inititiative of the National League of Cities

Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Created by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Connecticut Department of Education

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection


Links to local public health departments throughout Connecticut

Connecticut Association of Directors of Health

Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association

Norwalk Department of Health: Suggested walking routes in the city

This page was last updated: Thursday, November 13, 2014

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