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Combating Childhood Obesity

Get DVD to Help Prevent Obesity in Children

In response to the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in this country, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) worked in partnership with Discovery Networks, U.S., to develop a DVD program for children and families. These are excellent tools that clinicians can use for their own education in this area, and they can share them with children and families to use as a resource.

Children and Their Families

Max's Magical Delivery: Fit for Kids is a fun, interactive DVD targeted to children ages 5-9 and their families. The DVD offers suggestions to:

  • Try to eat five fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Get away from the TV and computer screens and move around.
  • Find fun ways to be physically active inside and outside.

There is a separate section for parents on small, achievable steps they can take to encourage these healthy habits in their children and themselves.

Select to open a message from Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D. (Streaming Video: Dial-up Connection, 493 KB; Broadband Connection, 3.8 MB).

Order Online: Use the electronic order form to request your free copy of the DVD for children and their families. (Shipping is free for delivery within the United States. For delivery outside of the United States, please e-mail the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at to make arrangements for shipping.)

Order by Phone: Call the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295 to order Max's Magical Delivery: Fit for Kids (Product No. 04-0088-DVD). Callers outside of the United States may dial 703-437-2078.

Playback Tips

To listen to the RealAudio® clips, you will need Real® player software installed on your computer. To download a free RealOne® player, go to, select "Free RealOne® Player," and follow installation directions. Check the minimum requirements for each for your system; if you are a Macintosh® or Unix®/Linux® user, select the player appropriate for your computer.

Follow the instructions provided for download and installation. If you are unsure of where you saved it on your computer, select "Start" on your navigation bar, then "Find," and search for "Real." When you find the folder, look for the "Set-Up" box, select that, and the installation will begin.

Current as of May 2008

Internet Citation:

Combating Childhood Obesity: Get DVD to Help Prevent Obesity in Children. May 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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