Philadelphia schools cut children's risk of becoming overweight

04/17/2008 | Reuters Health

When five Philadelphia schools taught fourth-graders about nutrition, restricted access to soda and unhealthy snacks and rewarded children for making healthy choices, the system cut those children's odds for the next two years of becoming overweight, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. The study shows that such comprehensive school programs can make a difference, said lead researcher Dr. Gary D. Foster of Temple University.

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