Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects approximately 12.5 million children and teenagers in the United States, and nearly one in three young people are overweight or obese; and

Whereas Obesity puts children at risk for developing health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other serious medical issues; and

Whereas Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases; and

Whereas Physical activity is necessary to support normal growth in children and is essential to the continuing health and well-being of youth and adults; and

Whereas All children deserve a change at a healthy future; and

Whereas Massachusetts has partnered with the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils is an effort to decrease childhood obesity and promote healthy living; and

Whereas Live Positively Fitness Month will help bring greater awareness to the childhood obesity epidemic and the importance of encouraging children and families to get physically fit; and

Whereas Throughout the Month of January, families and communities are encouraged to renew their commitment to make physical activity and a healthy diet part of their children's daily lives,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim January 2013 to be,


And urge all citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this nineteenth day of December, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts