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Philadelphia School Effort Cuts Weight Gain

By: AP
By: AP

Philadelphia school effort cuts weight gain

NEW YORK (AP) - Five Philadelphia elementary schools replaced
sodas with fruit juice. They scaled back snacks and got rid of
candy. They gave raffle tickets for wise food choices. They spent
hours teaching kids, their parents and teachers about good
nutrition.
And they have something to show for it.
The number of kids who got fat during the two-year experiment
was half the number of kids who got fat in schools that didn't make
those efforts.
But there were still plenty of new overweight kids in the five
schools.
Temple University researcher Gary Foster says the study signals
there is lots more work to do. He's the lead author of the
Philadelphia schools study published in the April issue of
Pediatrics.


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