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June 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The battle of childhood obesity

Posted by Letters editor

The beginning of a movement

In light of your latest series on the childhood-obesity epidemic plaguing Washington [“Struggling for a winning strategy against obesity,” page one, June 12], I wanted to point your readers to the important work undertaken by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC) — a group of 43 organizations working to build a healthier generation for our state. You can find more information on COPC at www.copcwa.org, and can also read the latest on our sugary drink pledge campaign, Soda Free Sundays at www.sodafreesundays.org.

For almost four years, COPC and its partners have leveraged policy change and advocacy work to tackle the obesity crisis in Washington. This experience underscores the point that a community effort toward eating healthier and moving more requires significant work and collaboration, but more importantly that behavior change takes time. Just as improving our own individual health requires one step at a time through multiple changes, so too does altering our society and physical surroundings that so clearly influence our individual choices.

We appreciate your attention toward this issue, but regret the series to date characterizes the work in Washington as a “struggle for a winning strategy,” rather than the beginning of a movement that will enable a healthier generation.

— Vic Colman and Jennifer Trott, Seattle

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