#KeepKidsHealthy Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, at 12p ET
ATLANTA, January 20, 2015 – Sharecare, is hosting its first Twitter chat focused on ending childhood obesity on Thursday, January 22, from 12 pm to 3 pm EST using the hashtag #KeepKidsHealthy. Featuring leading experts and organizations ranging from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to the American Heart Association, the chat will focus on ways to help families and children make better food choices, and improve diet and exercise habits to create a new generation of healthy young adults.
“It’s important we recognize that kids who develop unhealthy habits take them into adulthood, where they in turn teach their children the same bad habits – it’s a vicious cycle,” said Dr. Oz. “Generating more awareness about this critically important issue is key to breaking that cycle, and I’m pleased that so many of Sharecare’s partners are answering the call to do just that.”
According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, placing them at a higher risk for prediabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems. In addition, children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
“HealthCorps is leading a nationwide movement toward a new generation of healthy young people,” said Michelle Bouchard, President of HealthCorps, one of the organizations involved in the chat. “Everyday we work to inspire teens to make healthier choices for themselves and their families through our unique in school program. We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative effort on behalf of our nation’s youth.”
- President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition: @FitnessGov
- Let’s Move!: @letsmove
- HealthCorps: @HealthCorps
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: @eatright
- CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: @CDCObesity
- American Heart Association: @American_Heart
- American Diabetes Association: @AmDiabetesAssn
- DOLE Nutrition Institute: @DoleNutrition
- Johns Hopkins Medicine: @HopkinsMedicine
- Baptist Health South Florida: @BaptistHealthSF
- UCLA Health: @UCLAHealth
- Members of the Sharecare Advisory Board
How to Participate:
Submit your questions and comments on Twitter using the hashtag #KeepKidsHealthy starting Wednesday, Jan. 21, through 3 pm Thursday, Jan. 22. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can follow the live chat on Sharecare.
Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that provides people with personalized resources to help them live their healthiest lives. Nearly 40 million people have shared more than 5 billion data points about their health status and habits with Sharecare, which uses that information to create a comprehensive health profile allowing users to access all of their health resources in one place and dynamically connect to the knowledge, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2010, Sharecare’s predictive and personalized platform is accessed daily by millions of consumers, including viewers of The Dr. Oz Show, patient populations of the country’s leading hospital systems and every Soldier in the United States Army.