Physical Activity and Nutrition: Family Routines and Program Practices in LAUP
Childhood obesity is a growing health problem in the United States that has captured the attention of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. The prevalence of overweight and obesity at all ages differs by race/ethnicity. Racial/ethnic disparities in childhood obesity are already present by the preschool years: American Indian, Hispanic, and African American children have higher rates than white and Asian children (Anderson and Whitaker 2009; Ogden et al. 2012). Because obesity poses short- and long-term health and emotional risks for children (Daniels 2006), it is important to identify and understand practices that support children’s healthy weight and eating—in the home and in early-childhood settings. Encouragement by parents to engage in physical activity and good nutritional choices can contribute to children developing healthy habits and combating childhood obesity (Koplan et al. 2005).
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