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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Student Obesity Reduced By Prevention Initiative — King County, Washington,

New report highlights 17 percent decrease in youth obesity in King County school districts that participated in large-scale public health initiative. A report released today by CDC shows that encouraging physical activity and providing healthy foods and beverages in the places where people live, learn, work and play can have a positive impact on the health of the community.
After a Communities Putting Prevention to Work project was implemented in the King County’s (WA) low-income school districts during 2010–2012, the county’s self-reported youth obesity rate decreased for the first time, significantly, from 9.5 percent in 2004 to 7.9 percent in 2012. . School-based policy, systems, and environment changes such as those implemented by King County might be important elements of a comprehensive obesity prevention strategy

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