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Teach Children Healthy Habits Early

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:09
Elementary school children who were taught healthy behaviors are still practicing them three years later, according to a follow-up study that examined the children's food and fitness behaviors over time. " From 1991 to 1994, the institute financed the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH), the largest school-based health promotion research project in the United States. In the project, third grade students at 56 elementary schools in four states participated. The children ate school lunches lower in fat than usual and participated in physical education classes in which they had to maintain moderate-to-vigorous activity levels. These changes were complemented by classroom health lessons and activities - and in some cases with family participation.

Nader PR, Stone EJ, Lytle LA., et al.  Three-Year Maintenance of Improved Diet and Physical Activity: The CATCH Cohort.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153 (7): 695-704