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ERIC Number: ED535598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 73
Childhood Obesity and Nutrition Issues in the United States: An Update on School-based Policies and Practices. Education Policy Brief, Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2012
Spradlin, Terry; Gard, Greta; Huang, Vivian; Kopp, Beth; Malik, Alanna
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University
This Education Policy Brief examines the latest research and statistics regarding childhood obesity. In addition to providing an overview of current trends and effects of childhood obesity, this brief considers the reasons for the increase in obesity rates among children, as well as the latest federal and state initiatives created to combat childhood obesity. In particular, the brief highlights the significance of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the "Let's Move" campaign, and recent soda tax initiatives. The brief also considers local policies addressing obesity, providing a summary of 41 wellness policies collected from school districts throughout Indiana. Finally, the authors offer conclusions and recommendations to schools and education leaders, policymakers, and parents about how to curb the obesity epidemic. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables and 8 web resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana University, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Indiana