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Document Number: 5308

Childhood Obesity: Final Report of the Virginia Commission on Youth - This report addresses the problem of obesity among children and adolescents in Virginia. It discusses research both at the state and national levels regarding the prevalence, causes and consequences of childhood obesity. It provides information about the role of parents and schools in improving the eating habits and physical activity of children in Virginia and suggests ways these parties can take action to improve the health and nutrition of Virginia’s youth. Suggested methods of addressing childhood obesity in Virginia include integrating instruction on health and nutrition in the classroom, establishing a nutritional code of conduct within and around schools and providing more opportunities, in school, for physical activity. (Virginia Commission on Youth, 2003)...

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