geography teacherThe Question: Does Head Start participation lead to healthy weight changes?

The Study: Researchers looked at the height and weight measurements of 43,748 Michigan children of Head Start age between 2005 and 2013. Their body mass index (BMI), an indicator of obesity, was calculated at the beginning and end of two academic years.

The Results: The number of children classified by BMI as overweight or obese significantly declined in the Head Start children compared to the comparison group who didn’t attend Head Start.

Comment: Head Start programs provide many advantages to young children. Achieving a healthy BMI is another one.

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From issue: 30/03-04