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Leslie Curtis, Susan Dambrauskas, Laurie K. Doepel, Marcia Doniger, Amy Pianalto.

Hidden Persuaders

Hidden Persuaders
The Mindless Eating That Adds Pounds
People seem to gain weight easily but have a hard time taking it off. Americans are continuing to get heavier, increasing the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and various other health conditions. Healthy eating can play an important role in helping you avoid excess weight.

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Preventing Childhood Obesity
New Tools to Promote Healthy Habits
More than twice as many children are overweight now than three decades ago. The problem with being overweight is more than just size; it puts kids at risk for developing chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. All parents want their child to be as healthy as possible, but many wonder where to start. A new national education program called We Can!—Ways to Enhance Children’s Activities and Nutrition—provides guidance for parents, caregivers, teachers and others who want to help children ages 8-13 maintain a healthy weight.

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