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Pediatricians Awarded for Innovative Approaches to Combat Childhood Obesity
Date:10/16/2007

ristine Taft, MD Fallbrook,

Calif.

Teen Clinic Nutrition Services Carole Kohen, MD Manchester, N.H.

PE 4 Me Jr. Michael Weiss, MD Orange County,

Calif.

FitnessRocks! Lisa Sylvia, MD Lee, Mass.

Eat & Live Well: Pacific Islanders Venus Villalva, MD Salt Lake

County, UT

Improving Children's Food Choices & Karen Walker, MD Oak Park, Ill.

Exercise

"Weigh Cool" -- eNutrition for Teens Susan Woolford, MD Ann Arbor, Mich.

"As pediatricians, we recognize the importance of helping kids develop healthy habits early on -- and good nutrition tops the list," said Dr Frank Greer, chair of the nutrition committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Children are still missing the mark when it comes to healthy nutrition. It's inspiring to see innovative programs like these that help kids take action for better health."

While obesity is on the rise, child nutrition remains sub-par. Nearly three quarters of kids (ages 2 to 9) are missing out on the recommendations for vegetables and about half are missing the mark when it comes to fruits and grains. More than half of all kids are also missing out when it comes to milk and milk products, leaving nine out of 10 teenage girls and seven out of 10 teenage boys failing to meet the recommendations for calcium -- a nutrient critical for growing bodies (1).

Milk and Child Nutrition

Drinking milk can help children and teens get the nutrients they need. According a recent report on America's beverage habits, What America Drinks, milk was the top beverage source for calcium, vitamin A, protein, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium for kids and teenagers. On average, kids and preteens who consumed higher
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