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Obesity and overweight can begin early in life. Nearly half of all New York City elementary schoolchildren and Head Start children are not at a healthy weight. Many serious health problems are related to being overweight or obese in childhood, such as asthma, depression, diabetes, and heart disease. Ensuring children are at a healthy weight involves eating healthy and being active - at home and in school. Here are ways from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Education to support your child's eating habits and health:
The following links offer additional learning tools for families, and students. Alliance for a Healthier Generation American Cancer Society - Prevention and Early DetectionBAM! Body and MindEveryday Choices For a Healthier LifeFruits and Vegetables - More MattersGo Girl WorldKidneticNew Physical Activity Guidelines (October 2008)New York Road Runners New York City Department of Parks and RecreationRespect for AllShape Up America!New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Teen HealthNew York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene'sTeens in NYC (Guide to clinics)United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutritional Service