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Date:4/7/2008

with 15 percent of student who became overweight in the control schools. The nutrition policy appeared even more effective in preventing black students from becoming overweight when comparing the two groups of schools.

Despite the success, researchers expressed concerns that some students in School Nutrition Policy Initiative schools still gained weight. They suggested that stronger or additional interventions are needed, such as increasing physical education time, instituting more aggressive nutrition policies, and finding ways to change the nutrition environment outside of schools.

The researchers also recommend that prevention programs begin even earlier than fourth grade, as the prevalence of overweight children in grades 4 through 6 is already at 41.7 percent.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about childhood obesity.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Temple University, news release, April 7, 2008


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