Childhood obesity continues to be a major concern in the United States. We evaluate obesity prevention efforts in schools, preschools, and communities. We have examined the impacts of obesity prevention programs on body mass index (BMI), physical activity, and fitness using rigorous methods, including randomized controlled trials. We have also studied the link between childhood obesity and children's diets, including participation in school meal programs.
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Updated Nutrition Standards Have Significantly Improved the Nutritional Quality of School Lunches and Breakfasts
This Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article sheds light on how updated nutrition standards called for in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 have made school meals significantly healthier.Learn more
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Mary Kay Fox
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