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Many CT Kids At An Unhealthy Weight

Physical fitness, nutrition, and screen time standards will help.

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In December, the CT Department of Public Health released some alarming findings in its Overweight and Obesity among Kindergarten and Third Graders in CT 2016-2017 report. It found that approximately one-third of our kindergarten and third graders, and one-in-four high school students are overweight or obese. One thing that we at the American Heart Association are doing to help alleviate this problem is to pass nationally recognized standards for physical fitness, nutrition, and screen time for our kids who are in early care settings. We have been collaborating with a broad coalition, including the state Office for Early Childhood, and expect to soon see draft regulations which will include these standards. Once they are made public we will update you!

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