Exercise policy supports child obesity prevention

Dr. Toni (Antronnette) Yancey, Second District Commissioner, sponsored a motion during the October 13, 2011 First 5 LA Commission meeting to pass an activity break policy to address rising rates of overweight and obese children and families throughout Los Angeles County. Prolonged periods of sedentary behavior are emerging as a threat to health and well-being for children and families independent of achieving the recommended daily amounts of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity of 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children. Significant social and cultural environmental changes are needed to support individual and family efforts to make healthier choices.

First 5 LA Commissioners unanimously adopted the activity break policy motion in an effort to set an example for the businesses and agencies they work with and the children they serve. The new policy establishes 5-10 minutes physical activity breaks during Commission meetings, meetings lasting longer than one hour, conferences, events, and other convenings sponsored by First 5 LA. The policy also encourages adoption of similar policies by grantees and partner organizations to support the need for increased physical activity among children and families served by First 5 LA.

Dr. Toni Yancey is a leader in the effort to improve the nation’s health through chronic disease and obesity prevention and physical activity promotion through research, teaching and administrative roles. She currently serves on the Board of Partnership for a Healthier America, the non-profit guiding First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign. She is also co-chair of a statewide campaign Team California for Healthy Kids to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools, after school programs, early childhood programs and communities.

Click on the following links below learn more about the new policy and join the fight against childhood obesity through exercise promotion:

First 5 LA Comission Motion (MS Word document)

Activity Break Videos:

Instant Recess® Activity Break Toolkit: