Parent Resources

Obesity and overweight can begin early in life. Nearly half of all New York City elementary schoolchildren and Head Start children are not at a healthy weight. Many serious health problems are related to being overweight or obese in childhood, such as asthma, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

Ensuring children are at a healthy weight involves eating healthy and being active - at home and in school.

Here are ways from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Education to support your child's eating habits and health:

For questions, comments, or suggestions, please email

Other Agencies and Organizations

The following links offer additional learning tools for families, and students.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

American Cancer Society - Prevention and Early Detection

BAM! Body and Mind

Everyday Choices For a Healthier Life

Fruits and Vegetables - More Matters

Go Girl World


New Physical Activity Guidelines (October 2008)

New York Road Runners

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Respect for All

Shape Up America!

New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Teen Health

New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene'sTeens in NYC (Guide to clinics)

United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutritional Service