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Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity Must Extend Beyond School Environments

  • Marion Nestle
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    Address correspondence to: Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, 35 W. 4th Street, 10th Floor, New York NY 10012-1172
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      On February 9, 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let's Move! (www.letsmove.gov), a campaign aimed at reversing childhood obesity trends within a generation. The campaign focuses on three targets: providing more healthful food in schools, promoting physical activity, and making healthful food available to all Americans. These goals make sense. Levels of obesity may have reached a plateau in the U.S., but overweight and its consequences remain leading causes of disease and disability.
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