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Caring for Our Children: Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs

This 80-page book published in 2012 provides national standards to implement best practices in nutrition, physical activity and screen time for early care and education programs.

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

This 202-page book published in 2011 includes a chapter on physical activity and a chapter on healthy eating. The information is organized into recommendations (e.g., The community and its built environment should promote physical activity for children from birth to age 5), each one complete with potential actions and a rationale section that summarizes the supporting science.

Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation

The 462-page book published in 2012 provides a thorough listing of obesity prevention strategies (e.g., “Enhance the physical and built environment to increase physical activity) with detailed information on context, evidence, implementation, potential actions and indicators of progress for each strategy. This book includes chapters on physical activity environments, food and beverage environments, health care and work environments, and school environments.

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