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Making Headway or Headed Nowhere?

Sandra Hassink, member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics and director of the Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Clinic at A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.:

Grade: A-

"A new survey of pediatricians found that 76 percent calculated their patients' BMI at least some of the time; more than half surveyed used the measurement at all or most well visits of children age 2 and older. Pediatricians routinely discuss nutrition, physical activity and screen time with patients and their families."

School Districts

The recommendations:

* Improve the nutrition in schools and school-related activities.

* Increase and improve physical activity during and after school.

* Reduce children's "screen time."

* Develop, implement and evaluate innovative pilot programs for teaching about healthful eating and physical activity.

Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at Center for Science in the Public Interest:

Grade: D+

"The center . . . evaluated the school nutrition policies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. . . . Two-thirds of states have weak or no policies. No states received an A grade, though two states (Kentucky and Oregon) received an A-minus. Sixteen states received a B. Thirteen states received C's or D's. Twenty states received F's."


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