Childhood Obesity Resources

Resources for Parents and the Public

This page contains resources that offer practical tips and tools on how families can maintain a healthy weight by making smart food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time


  • Families Finding the Balance: A Parent Handbook
    Parents can help their family stay in energy balance with this handbook, available in or in . It offers practical tips to help parents help their families find the right balance of eating well and being physically active to maintain a healthy weight.
  • : This resource presents simple tips to help you plan and prepare meals and snacks to help your family get the most nutrition out of the calories consumed.
  • : This resource helps you create a food plan that focuses on choosing healthier foods while saving money.
  • : Use this chart to learn how healthier choices can save you calories and money.
  • : Print this sheet before a shopping trip and use it to help you pick healthier items for your family.
  • : Use this tool each week to help plan healthier meals for your family.



  • : Check out how many calories in the foods you eat
  • :  How many Calories will Your Activity Burn?
  • - dietary and physical activity assessment tool


MyPyramid Blast Off Game

An interactive computer game where kids can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity. “Fuel” tanks for each food group help students keep track of how their choices fit into MyPyramid. To play,

There are also great resources available to parents from the National Institutes of Health.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan - Helping Your Child - Tips for Parents: |


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

  • Why Milk Matters Now for Children and Teens:
  • Milk Matters For Your Child's Health – Parent Brochure:


Trust for America's Health

  • Adult obesity rates rose in 31 states last year, according to the fourth annual Twenty-two states experienced an increase for the second year in a row; no states decreased. A new public opinion survey featured in the report finds 85 percent of Americans believe that obesity is an epidemic.


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