|Stop obesity before it starts|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
A major new study of more than 7,000 children nationwide found that a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade. And almost every child who was very obese at age 5 remained that way at age 14.
In Colorado, 8.4 percent of children ages 2-4 years were obese, and 14.5 percent were overweight, according to 2012 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The health department recognizes childhood obesity as a serious public health threat and is working with schools, child care settings, health care providers, public health programs, community groups and families to increase physical activity and improve nutrition for expectant mothers, infants and young children.
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