Across the U.S., there have been reports of reduced rates of childhood obesity, said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She discussed the topic during the recent Voices for Healthy Kids forum and specifically highlighted Philadelphia for reducing its childhood obesity rate by 5% among public-school students between 2006 and 2010. Schools there removed sodas and other sugary drinks from vending machines, eliminated deep fryers in cafeterias and began serving lower-fat milk.

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