Agencies work to reduce obesity rates among children

Agencies work to reduce obesity rates among children

Agencies work to reduce obesity rates among children

SANTA FE – Multiple state agencies are stepping up efforts to curb increasing obesity rates among New Mexico children and help them gain healthy habits to last a lifetime, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today.

“We’re collaborating on a healthier future for our children and making sure they have the tools to succeed,” said Acting Department of Health Secretary David R. Scrase, MD “This includes making healthy eating and physical activity opportunities widely accessible throughout New Mexico .”

Nationally, childhood obesity rose during the pandemic, particularly among elementary-school children, and New Mexico rates have followed this trend.

Poverty and a lack of access to healthy food are main contributors to this national issue.

Kindergarten obesity increased in New Mexico from 15.5 percent in 2019 to 18.0 percent in 2021. Among third grade students, obesity rose from 23.2 percent in 2019 to 28.6 percent in 2021.

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