Pennsylvania Makes Inroads Into Reducing Child Obesity

Pennsylvania school districts have improved food offerings to meet federal standards for reducing childhood obesity. However, physical activity did not improve in most schools.

The Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children Reauthorization Act of 2004 required that local education agencies develop policies to address childhood obesity. Pennsylvania is one of only a few U.S. states to collect and analyze the plans and data.

Eurekalert reports:

Pennsylvania's multifaceted approach included mandatory training sessions for all school food service directors and financial incentives to schools that adopted state-created nutrient standards for a la carte food items.”

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