Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church and Chair of the Faith United to End Childhood Obesity Coalition published an op-ed last month on the faith community’s efforts in response to obesity. AMHP is proud to be an active member of the Coalition.
“The faith community is, has and will continue to stand on behalf of children. It resonates with the very core tenet of all faiths, to love others. Through both financial and programmatic support, houses of worship across the country are doing their part to positively impact the lives of impoverished children. And to combat childhood obesity — a deadly epidemic that is directly connected to poverty — we support Save the Children’s Campaign for Healthy Kids and its work to see Targeted Coordinated School Health implemented in every state school. Targeted Coordinated School Health empowers communities to create their own interventions to meet their specific needs, and increases access to healthy foods and physical education. It’s a shining example of the kinds of programs that should be priorities on the national stage.”