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New Program Takes on Obesity in Preschools

Elana Gordon
Kansas City, MO
September 29, 2008

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services currently reports that one out of every three Missouri children is overweight. But area Head Start programs are now rolling out a new curriculum in order to address that. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

About 500 local head start teachers, all dressed in sweats, recently took part in a training on a new preschool curriculum. Liz Smith is the Mid-America Head Start manager of child, health, and development services throughout Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties. She says it's good that kids run around on their own, but the new curriculum, called I am Moving, I am Learning,' focuses on increasing physical activity inside the classroom.

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