Study: Comprehensive programs and policies to prevent childhood obesity are more effective
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Researchers are reporting that community programs and policies with comprehensive programs to prevent child obesity are more effective than those that target fewer exercise and nutrition behaviors. The study included 130 U.S. communities and health data collected on more than 5,000 children between 2013 and 2015. Results showed that programs and policies that promoted a greater number of exercise and nutrition behaviors were associated with lower measures of child obesity, including BMI (a measure of body fat) and waist circumference.  The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was partly funded by NHLBI.


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American Journal of Preventive Medicine