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School Obesity Programs Help Parents Lose Weight

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
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Obesity prevention programs aimed at kids can help their parents lose weight too, a study found. A 30-school program targeting kids in first through third grades used approaches such as passing laws to allow more walkways and bike paths, providing healthier food at schools, sponsoring family fitness fairs, and sending families newsletters with health tips, recipes, and healthy food coupons. During two school years, the kids in the program lowered their body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height). Their parents’ BMI dropped by even more—enough to reduce the average parent BMI from overweight to normal weight. The key to weight loss: creating an environment that makes healthy choices easy for everyone, researchers say.
Source: American Journal of Public Health, published online Dec. 18, 2015


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