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$1 Million Grant Aims to Reduce Obesity in Preschoolers

A group of researchers has received a $950,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help reduce obesity in preschoolers.  The aim is to integrate obesity-prevention strategies into programs delivered to low-income families.

Over the past decade, a team has developed an obesity intervention program, Hip-Hop to Health, which has been used in Head Start and Chicago Public School preschool programs.  It has been found to be effective in reducing body mass index in 3- to 5-year-old minority, low-income children.

According to Eurekalert:

“Hip-Hop to Health targets preschool children and their parents and includes programming on physical activity, television viewing, food available in the home, portion sizes, obesity prevention strategies, and contextual factors that can create barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.”

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