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February 12th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Trimming America's Waistline in the Digitial Age

Is your kid overweight?  For many parents in the U.S., the answer is unfortunately yes. In many American homes– little Johnny or young Sue eats too much junk food, not  enough veggies, or doesn't get enough exercise.  First Lady Michelle Obama launched a new campaign this week to combat childhood obesity, called Let's Move.  The plan's aim is to help parents raise healthier kids.  

The White House is pushing new mobile health care initiatives, one is designed to help expectant Moms get the timely advice they need via text messages on their cell phones. It's called  Text4baby.  Another could mean that all of your medical records are just a mouse click away, no matter where you are in the world.

Saturday on CNN Newsroom at 3pm ET, tech guru Mario Armstrong looks at the programs, and how they can help make your life and the lives of your loved ones healthier.

What do you think it will take to trim America's ever-expanding waistline?  Share your thoughts with us.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Texas fights obesity with farmers markets the only problem is getting your kids to eat vegetables I used to sneak the vegetables into there favorite home cooked meals It all boils down to the parents not being firm with there kids .

    February 12, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  2. Mario Armstrong

    Hey Michael, great point it does boil down to caregivers setting a good example & ur right getting kids to WANT to eat vegetables is the trick! The Text4Baby program Im talking about on the show today is a good one that will really help us find out if Americans are ready to try mobile health initiatives – this newly launched program is all about texting tips and prenatal info to expectant Moms for free. If it can help curb premature deaths I'm all for it. But we will have to wait and see if its successful.

    February 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  3. john sudic

    The whole nation is weened on junk food so is it not a wonder that wallmrt is full of burthas! You need to teach in elementary school how to and what to eat on a limited budget and unlimited one the difference is not great it just means if you cant afford to buy extra-lean hamburger helper meat then buy what you can afford and strain the fat out before you start adding spices and what ever else you need to.Buy vegies that are at discount and not perfect to the eye the local small stores will be happy to get rid of them and they are still good to eat.Dont feed ready made foods to your kids such as chef boyardi and such crap.Choose cereal with no or little sugar cut up a banana for sugar! Organize wokshops in local school in a PTA meeting to teach mothers of today which for the most part cant cook to save their life because knowing about make-up is time better spent then learning about inovative ways to get the kids to eat healthy.Local library is free and offers all you need if you are low income and want to learn! so there is no excause for not knowing!!!

    February 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm |