Health Advocacy Groups Call On Government To Do More To Fight Obesity

A coalition of health advocacy groups including the Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America's Health were backed by more than 70 groups including the American Cancer Society and the National Education Association urged the U.S. government to offer grants to promote healthy living initiatives, fund staff training to include wellness programs, support school efforts aimed at nutrition and exercise and track results of such programs, according to Reuters News. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: The call for more government effort to fight obesity follows findings released earlier this week that the number of obese Americans is expected to soar without dramatic changes. More than 40 percent of U.S. adults are expected to be obese by 2030, according to a government-funded study released on Monday.

Obesity is a serious threat to the well being of society and it threatens the well being of every industry. The nation’s future work force will be less productive and have higher health care costs. These are burdens that every business owner will share.

The food, beverage and refreshment services industries have supported various initiatives to promote health and nutrition, and must continue to do so. 05-11-12 By Elliot Maras