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How local goverments can help kids be healthier

stockphotopro_74990DXA_young_girl_in_kitThe Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports that 16.3 percent of children between the ages of two and 19 are obese, putting them at risk for health problems that could reduce their life expectancy and quality of life. And while parents and caregivers play the biggest role in shaping children’s wellness habits, their efforts are often undermined by local problems – like unhealthful school lunches or poorly kept playgrounds – that don’t support those habits.

So today the IOM’s Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention Actions for Local Governments released its recommendations for ways that local governments can support healthy lifestyles for children rather than impeding them.

The report includes more than 50 suggestions covering everything from improving access to and consumption of healthful, safe and affordable food while reducing access to unhealthful foods; increasing awareness about the importance of healthful eating and encouraging physical activity.

They identified these 12 steps as being the “most promising”:

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