Here are some of our favorite links. We'll be adding more soon!
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The AAP recently established the Provisional Section on Obesity. If you are a practitioner then please see here for more information:
The AAP also has a great webpage with lots of helpful information. One particularly neat tool is the policy tool. Check it out here and be sure to keep clicking on the hotlinks as there are many levels of additional information under each heading.
Obesity and weight challenges are different than many other health challenges in that society places a lot of blame on the individual and the individual's family. Learn more about how weight bias affects children and adults here through a few brief videos.
National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)
This website and video describes a statewide healthy living advocacy project called Be Our Voice with which we have been involved:
The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality also has lots of additional advocacy information: http://www.nichq.org/advocacy/
Check out First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign:
Here are some additional great sites:
www.eatright.org and www.kidseatright.org
www.sparkpeople.com and www.sparkteen.com
For a fun way to learn about nutrition, check out:
These great videos from the Texas Department of State Health Services describe things communities can do:
Austin's First Lady Julie Byers is leading Austin's chapter:
Here's a great free program for elementary school children, if you have one or know one, be sure that they're involved!
These folks lead a lot of great education and programs to help us eat more fruits and vegetables. They also have some great farmers markets where you can taste lots of the produce before you buy - a great way to expose your kids to some new great tastes!
Thanks to the Children's in Nature Collaborative of Austin at this website all you have to do is type in your zipcode and this site will help you find local parks and outdoor activities to help you have fun and keep busy outdoors!
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department:
Charity runs and walks in Austin:
Printable maps for trails throughout Austin:
Events and camps for children and families:
Website of the Texas Child Study Center: