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Nationwide, one in three children is obese or overweight. In Latino and African-American communities, the ratio is even higher, affecting 50 percent of the children.
Cedars-Sinai, in partnership with schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, is working to combat childhood obesity by teaching Healthy Habits to children in underserved communities in Mid-City, Los Angeles.
Our programs include:
The Healthy Habits program makes a difference in the lives of children. The results of a 2010-11 school survey to parents of 700 second graders show:
- 72% are now drinking low or non fat milk
- 67% are eating more whole grains
- 72% are eating more vegetables
- 82% are eating more fruits
- 68% are exercising more
Cedars-Sinai's health educators equip teachers with classroom activities that reinforce learning. Teachers and principals receive tools and training on planning healthy celebrations and rewards. Healthy Habits teacher training sessions stress the importance of teachers as role models regarding health, wellness and physical activity. On a regular basis, school administrators meet with Healthy Habits staff to review the curriculum-based program.