September 19-24, 2016: Childhood Obesity Awareness Week

WHEREAS,  childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in the past decade; and,          

WHEREAS,  one in three children are now considered obese or overweight, and experts estimate that by 2020 approximately 15 million U.S. children will be considered obese; and,

WHEREAS, at the current rate, it is estimated that one-third to one-half of the children born in the 21st century will become diabetics; and,

WHEREAS, in Michigan, 12% of middle school children and 15% of high school students are considered obese; and,  

WHEREAS, parents are encouraged to sit down with their children and teach them how to make healthier food choices, the importance of portion control and the value of exercise; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the efforts of such organizations as Medical Weight Loss Clinic in providing the resources and tools for Michigan youth to make healthy food choices;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 19-24, 2016 as Childhood Obesity Awareness Week in Michigan.