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ERIC Number: EJ894863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Children, Teachers, and Families Working Together to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Intervention Strategies
Stegelin, Dolores A.
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v36 n1 p8-16 Win 2008
Obesity rates for children, adolescents, and adults continue to escalate in the United States and globally. Educators, health specialists, psychologists, and sociologists are studying the complex problems related to early obesity. Like other health problems, prevention and early detection are the most effective strategies. The causes and implications of obesity, as well as the solutions, are complex and interrelated. Ironically, childhood overweight and obesity is developing within a social context in the United States that values thinness, physical prowess, and athletic ability. Early childhood professionals and families can work together toward obesity prevention. They can also coordinate efforts to intervene with young children so that similar healthy strategies are used in both the home and classroom. This article discusses three critical areas of intervention, including: (1) nutrition and environment; (2) level of physical activity; and (3) psychological support and intervention. (Contains 3 tables, 13 resources and 12 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A