W.Va. Children’s Obesity On The Decline, Health Improves

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Childhood obesity rates are declining in West Virginia as schools focus on improving nutrition and increasing physical activity, according to a statewide screening program.

In the 2011-2012 school year, 27.8 percent of fifth-graders screened by West Virginia University's CARDIAC program were obese, compared to 28.9 percent in the 2010-2111 school year.

During the same period, the number of fifth-graders with high blood pressure fell from 24 percent to 20.3 percent. Fifth-graders' abnormal cholesterol rate fell from 26.1 percent to 23.5 percent.

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