New anti-obesity program targets children's health

August 2005
Nation's Health;Aug2005, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p7
This article reports on the We Can! child obesity prevention program of the U.S. National Institutes of Health as of August 2005. The program features resources and community-based programs for parents, caregivers and kids that focus on behaviors to encourage healthy eating and increase physical activity. The science-based We Can! program focuses on helping children learn to eat the recommended amount of a variety of fruits and vegetables daily and to choose small portions at home and at restaurants. Some of the other key goals of the program are to encourage kids to eat fewer high-fat foods that are low in nutrient value such as French fries, bacon and doughnuts and to substitute water or low-fat milk for soda and other sweetened drinks. Children should also engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity daily and reduce recreational screen time to no more than two hours a day.


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