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There are many ways to prevent obesity in children including teaching children healthy lifestyle habits – including healthy eating and physical activity – and implementing policies and practices that support healthy behaviors.
The Department of Health (DOH) supports activities to prevent childhood obesity through the Child & Youth Healthy Eating Active Living to Prevent and Reduce Obesity Program. The Program identifies and implements policies and strategy initiatives in various settings (such as schools, communities, health delivery systems) to promote healthy eating and active living for children, youth, and families - with an emphasis on city wards where the obesity rates are highest (Wards 5, 7, and 8). The Program also coordinates activities with other healthy eating/active living initiatives within DOH to prevent and reduce obesity and diabetes.
Below are a few of the initiatives supported through the Child & Youth Healthy Eating Active Living to Prevent and Reduce Obesity Program:
Visit www.LetsMove.gov for information on child obesity spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama.
More childhood obesity information: