The International Day of Peace, and also known as World Peace Day, is observed every year on September 21st. It is a day dedicated to awareness of world peace and the absence of war and violence and the reminder that peace is what we should all be collectively working towards all year long. The theme of this year’s commemoration from the UN is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. Visit their website for more information.
One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. We can all use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and show people how they can take steps toward a solution.
- Encourage families to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit within reach or going on a family walk after dinner.
- Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier. Help them provide healthy food options and daily physical activities for students.
- Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by supporting programs to prevent childhood obesity.