Parent Resources

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:

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