Start Moving


Moving more may seem like an uphill battle. How will you find the time? Where are the right facilities? Where to start? It’s important to ask these questions and more important to find the right answers that will help your family meet their physical activity needs.

Learn what the physical activity challenges are for your family and create ways to move more.


Increase Physical Activity


Being active is essential to living a healthier life.Youth need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and adults need at least 30 minutes of activity every day. But it’s hard to make time to move and right now only one in three kids is actually getting their daily physical activity. And this is not something we simply might change 


but something we must change. And we can. There are affordable and efficient solutions to get your family moving more that can fit into your busy schedule.

Decrease Screen Time

School-age children spend an average of 7.5 hours a day watching TV and using electronics. And because screen time is usually a sedentary activity it cuts into or totally eliminates the time we spend being physically active. It’s not just the inactive aspect of screen time that is dangerous to our health, but the fact that screen time is often watched at bedtime and paired with unnecessary snacking. These two things add calories to our daily diets and can affect our sleeping habits, which in turn affect our health.



Be A Role-Model

You are the most influential person in your child’s life. Research shows that the greatest indicator for how dedicated a child is to exercise and healthy eating is how dedicated their parents are to the same behaviors. So lead your child in the right ways to create the healthiest lifestyle.

Learn how to explore your community for wellness resources and stay on track each day for a healthier life.

Teach by Example

Parents serve as role models not only through direct interactions with their children, but also through the examples they set with their attitude and behavior toward healthy eating and physical activity. Your actions impact how your child thinks and feels about fitness. If you care about your child’s health, then focus on your own health and be the role model that sets the pace for your family’s healthy choices.

Look for Local Resources

You are not on this journey alone. Families in every community across the country are trying to improve their family’s health and wellness. By reaching out and accessing the resources, groups, and individuals who are striving to create healthy families, you can contribute to a movement that is creating a healthier generation.

Reflect and Re-Plan

In order to succeed you first have to have a way to measure your success. Putting together a plan and then evaluating your progress is a way to identify your strengths and victories as well as weaknesses and challenges. Understanding all of these elements will help you plan for a better wellness future and be the healthier person you want to be.


Always Be Health

Along with eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly, there are other important components needed to build a complete healthy lifestyle. Are you and your child sleeping enough each night? Have you consulted your doctor about your child’s health? How do you stay fit each day at work?

Learn how to enrich your child’s sleep, utilize your doctor as a resource, and stay healthy at work.

Get More Slumber

Sleep is an essential part of being healthy. In order for your mind and body to function at their best, you need to have good rest each night. On average, children need about 10 hours of sleep each night and adults need about 8 hours. But due to busy schedules and around the clock access to technology, many people are not getting enough rest. Lack of sleep increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. Fortunately there are ways to encourage your children and yourself to get a great night’s rest and have a strong foundation for a healthy life.

Talk with your Child’s Doctor

Learning how to live a healthy lifestyle is important but takes research and support. One of the many resources available is information from your family’s doctor. A healthcare professional can give you personalized advice and tips on how to raise a healthy, active child. Be proactive and ask your child’s doctor any questions you have about diet and exercise and work together to monitor your child’s progress over time.

Stay Healthy When You Are Working

The average person spends many hours each week at work. This is the same average person that can set a healthy example for our next generation on how to live. Making healthy choices at work will encourage you to make healthy changes at home with your family. With many jobs involving lots of sedentary time and the availability of unhealthy foods, it’s essential to know what to do and what not to do to maintain a healthy body and mind in the workplace. You can teach the healthy habits you learn at work to your family and encourage them to do the same.


Eat Healtily

Eating more nutritious foods that lead to a healthier life is a common goal for many families. But the question is, how? How do we turn that goal into action and start taking the necessary steps to eat better?

Learn what the nutritional needs are for your family, and take on healthy changes to eat better.

Consume more  Fruits and Vegetables


Only 20% of high school students in our country report eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. You might be like many families who don’t have easy access to stores that carry the produce your family needs. And even if you do have access to fresh produce, it’s another challenge to get your family to eat enough fruits and vegetables to feel as full as they would from eating a meal from a fast food restaurant. It takes planning and trial and error to increase the fresh fruits and veggies your family eats, but you will see many benefits over time.

Eat Homemade Food

Over the past 30 years, the rates of childhood obesity have been increasing steadily. During these same 30 years, our country has seen a rise in the amount of calories our kids are consuming in the form of fast food, food from convenience stores, and the many other snacks our children eat outside the home. It’s more commonly called junk food. And we have the opportunity to lower the amount of junk food our families are eating by increasing the amount of healthful, homemade meals and healthy snacks they consume.

Our Attıtude On This Issue

We work with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals, and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids.

Each child’s environment is our focus. The places children spend their time are the places that determine their behaviors. We believe that if we can empower the people who influence these environments by giving them easy access to science-based resources and best practices, we can create a movement that transforms the places kids spend their time into healthy environments that encourage the healthiest lifestyles.

Change comes when individuals, groups, and systems work together.

In Education İnstitutions

We think school, the place where kids spend the majority of their time outside the home, is a good place to start. Our Healthy Schools Program is currently building healthier school environments for more than 18 million students in more than 31,000 schools in every city . And it’s not just the number of schools in our program but the quality of efforts being made in those schools that make the difference. We make sure each of our schools have the best chance of succeeding by bringing together parents, teachers, schools administrators, and students to each play a specific part to create change on their campus.

 In Out-of-School Time Settings

We work with out-of-school time providers around the country to create healthy environments where youth can eat better and move more. Our Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework combines Alliance best practices with healthy eating and physical activity standards to create a guide for communities nationwide to transform the areas where kids spend their time before school, after school, and during school breaks.

In Child Justice Environments

To create healthier environments within the juvenile justice system, we launched a pilot initiative in Ankara and İstanbul to improve nutrition, streamline healthy food procurement and increase quality physical activity opportunities for young people living in residential facilities. We have been successful in transforming schools and out-of-school time environments into healthier places for kids to learn and grow and are using the best practices instituted in those environments to make a similar impact in the justice setting.

In Business

We believe engaging with companies from diverse industries can systemically improve access to healthier foods and beverages as well as physical activity for kids and their families. As a result of this effort, we have facilitated voluntary agreements with the beverage, snack food, dairy and healthcare industries. Our beverage agreement has resulted in a 90% reduction in calories shipped to schools across the country.

While we don’t accept funds from the industries in which we are negotiating agreements, we welcome everyone to the table. We all have a role to play and our team helps companies determine where their assets can be most beneficial.

At the Doctor

We give doctors, insurers, and employers a strong incentive to stop weight gain before it causes serious health problems because we believe we can enlist some of our nation’s leading forces in health to create a system of prevention rather than treatment. We are currently creating a solution with these healthcare providers in a landmark agreement to reimburse physicians and registered dietitians for obesity treatment prevention-related services.





Today about 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese. And studies show that overweight kids are likely to become overweight and obese adults. Scroll down to learn more about childhood obesity and its causes.

Childhood Obesity May Cause To…

Obese and overweight children are at risk for a number of serious health problems such as:

  • Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes was once called adult-onset diabetes. Now with the rise in childhood obesity, there is a dramatic rise in the number of children suffering from type 2 diabetes. Untreated, this can be a life-threatening condition.
  • Asthma: Extra weight can make it harder to breathe and can inflame the respiratory tract. There is a rise in childhood asthma and children with serious asthma are more likely to be overweight.
  • Heart Failure: Being overweight makes the heart work harder. Overweight children are more likely to grow up to be overweight adults who develop heart problems.


What are the reasons of Childhood Obesity Now?

There is no single reason for the rise in childhood overweight, but there are a number of contributing factors:

Television and Social Media

Screen time is a major factor contributing to childhood obesity. It takes away from the time children spend being physically active, leads to increased snacking in front of the TV, and influences children with advertisements for unhealthy foods.

Sale of Unhealthy Foods

Nearly half of TURKEY middle and high schools allow advertising of less healthy foods, which impacts students’ ability to make healthy food choices. Also, foods high in calories, sugars, salt, and fat, and low in nutrients are advertised and marketed extensively toward children and adolescents, while advertising for healthier foods is almost nonexistent in comparison.

Limited Access to Healthy Low-Priced Foods

Some people have less access to stores and supermarkets that sell healthy, affordable food such as fruits and vegetables, especially in rural, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Supermarket access is associated with a reduced risk for obesity. Choosing healthy foods is difficult for parents who live in areas with an overabundance of unhealthy options like convenience stores and fast food restaurants.

Rarity of Daily Physical Activity

Most adolescents fall short of the Physical Activity Guidelines for turks recommendation of at least 60 minutes of aerobic physical activity each day. Only 18% of students in grades 9—12 met this recommendation in 2007. Daily, quality physical education in school can help students meet the guidelines, however, in 2009 only 33% had access to and attended daily physical education classes

Increased Portion Sizes

Portion sizes of less healthy foods and beverages have increased over time in restaurants, grocery stores, and vending machines. Research shows that children eat more without realizing it if they are served larger portions. This means they are consuming a lot of extra calories, especially when eating high-calorie foods.

Higher Consumption of Sugary Drinks

Sugar drinks are the largest source of added sugar in the diets of children and adolescents. Increasing consumption of these high caloric beverages that offer little or no nutrients is associated with the increasing rates of childhood obesity.

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