Child Care: The First Frontier in the War on Obesity

This past week, at a bilingual child care center in Washington, Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! Child Care, the latest phase of a national campaign to combat obesity. Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within A Generation, a report released last year by a Task Force on the subject, targeted the early years, from prenatal on up as the first frontier of the war: “Early childhood settings, including both child care centers and informal care,” the authors argued, “ present a tremendous opportunity to prevent obesity by making an impact at a pivotal phase in children’s lives.”

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