Winter 2016

Together We Lose

Healthy living initiative that targets kids helps their parents, too

125x125 ShapeupSomervilleSometimes, it’s the parents who take after their kids. That was the case when the obesity intervention program Shape Up Somerville sought to help the children in that city improve their diets and rev up their physical activity.

Friedman School researchers helped kids gain less weight than their peers in other cities. But the parents also had a modest decrease in their Body Mass Index, compared to the control parents. About a third of parents started walking more during the intervention, and more than half chose healthier dishes when eating out. Isn’t it nice when families share more than just cold germs?

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