North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of childhood obesity in the country. And more than 31 percent of the state's children ages 2 to 4 are considered at risk for becoming overweight or are overweight.
The program will target children in child care facilities, their families and caregivers by increasing the knowledge and awareness of nutrition and importance of physical activity.
Among the plans:
- 30 communities will create partnerships and action plans for obesity prevention in young children.
- 1,500 early childhood and other related professionals will learn about outdoor learning environments and physical activities for children in child care and use them.
- 750 children attending model Shape NC early learning programs will maintain a healthy weight.
- 35 early childhood staff in five pilot centers will model healthy behaviors as a result of participating in a health and wellness program focusing on weight management and maintenance; healthy eating; fitness and smoking cessation.
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