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Study: Obesity Prevention Should Focus on Day Care

Lax Regulation Means Many Kids Don’t Get Enough Healthy Foods or Exercise

What Parents Can Do continued...

Fried foods -- including chicken nuggets, fish sticks, and french fries -- should be another red flag.

Talk to the staff. Ammerman recommends starting a dialogue with the day care staff about how kids are doing at mealtimes and whether they’re willing to try new things.

That feedback can be helpful at home, too. If a child who never eats beans at home loves the beans at day care, get the recipe, she says.

“Like any sort of parental thing, being engaged in the process is half the battle,” Ammerman says.

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