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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9:00 AM
Radiocast: Fighting Childhood Obesity

Debra: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. About 17 percent of U.S. kids and teens are obese. AHRQ research shows weight management programs, such as those offered by some schools or health care centers, can help. But becoming healthier takes commitment. AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn Clancy explains:

Dr. Clancy: There is no clear-cut solution that works for everyone, but it does help to have the whole family adopt healthy habits early to reduce the risks of any member becoming obese. All parents should continue to encourage their kids to adopt healthy habits such as getting daily exercise and eating a healthy diet. Be a good example to them. It’s one of the greatest preventive health gifts you can give to your family.

Debra: Order a free DVD from AHRQ available online at ahrq.gov/child/dvdobesity.htm. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Debra James for Healthcare 411.

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