The United States faces an epidemic of obesity which, in turn, leads to increased health care costs and a diminished quality of life.
Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, nearly a third of children in the United States are overweight or obese.
This increases their chances of contracting a chronic health problem such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. It is estimated that the obesity epidemic costs American´s $150 billion in added health care expenses each year.
By adopting the HEAL Resolution to become a HEAL city, the City of Moorpark joins 157 other California Cities in promoting physical activity and supporting healthier lifestyle choices.