Slimming Down Schools

In Philadelphia, a two-year experiment by researchers at Temple University to examine whether nutrition education combined with a change in the types of food sold at five elementary schools lowered childhood obesity rates showed extremely promising results. At the schools that banned soft drinks and candy and rewarded healthy eating with raffle tickets, children were less likely to gain weight than counterparts at other schools. Over the two years, fewer children were becoming overweight, and the number who had been overweight dropped. At schools that did not participate in the experiment, the number of overweight children increased. – Slimming Down Schools, Washington Post

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