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This month the “Take Charge of Your Health Today” page focuses on childhood obesity. Heather A. Anderson, BS, community outreach coordinator, Community PARTners Core of the Pitt CTSI and community and program educator, Community Benefits Initiative, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, sat down to have a dynamic conversation about the featured topic.

HA: Good afternoon, Ms. Bush. Can you believe the summer is coming to an end and kids are back in school already?

EB: I can’t, Heather. I always know it’s here when I see back-to-school specials on clothes, school supplies and even lunch foods and snacks in stores.

HA: Thinking of kids and food and snacks, we cannot help but talk about the alarming rate of childhood obesity in the United States today. Approximately 33 percent of U.S. children and adolescents ages infant to 26 are overweight or obese. This is a challenge that’s only addressed by making smart choices in food and activity.

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