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Date:4/3/2008

WILMINGTON, Del., April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To promote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future" initiative, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., visited with several community leaders at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children to discuss current efforts in reducing childhood obesity in Delaware.

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The "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future" initiative focuses on recognizing and showcasing communities throughout the nation that are addressing childhood overweight and obesity prevention by helping kids stay active, encouraging healthy eating habits, and promoting healthy choices.

Dr. Galson recognized the efforts of Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) and their community partners in making changes where children live, learn and play. He presented a special recognition award to The Campaign to Make Delaware's Kids the Healthiest in the Nation. The initiative, launched in 2007, raises the awareness of Delawareans on what they can do to help change the trends of childhood obesity and overweight.

"As I have been traveling around the country one thing is apparent communities need to work together to help our kids learn how to eat and to encourage them to be more physically active," remarked Galson. "Listening to how you are strategizing this in Delaware is very encouraging."

The Campaign promotes the 5-2-1 Almost None healthy lifestyle. The healthy lifestyle message developed by NHPS promotes eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily; spending no more than two hours daily in front of a screen (TV, recreational computer time); getting at least one hour of physical activity daily; and drinking almost no sugary beverages, such as sodas and sports/energy drinks.

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