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Programs > Childhood Obesity Prevention

Obesity rates among children have increased sharply throughout the United States. Over the past three decades, the prevalence of obese children has tripled. Today, nearly one out of three children are overweight or obese. A recent study conducted among children in grades from first to 11th, found that one-third of Idaho students were classified as overweight or obese 1.Through partnership and programs the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is dedicated to reversing the trend of childhood obesity in Idaho.

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1: The Obesity Epidemic in Idaho: A Report Describing the Burden of Obesity in Idaho (2011). Available at www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov

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