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Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey

2014 | View the fact sheet.

This fact sheet provides promising strategies to facilitate policy, system, and environmental changes that increase support for healthy eating, regular physical activity, and reduced screen time as the norms for California children.

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Findings include:

  • Family meals and nutrition lessons in school may support healthy weight among low-income children
  • Low-income children eat too few fruits and vegetables
  • Playing on sports teams helps low-income children meet physical activity and screen time guidelines
  • Avoiding fast foods improves diet quality and reduces caloric intake among low-income children
  • Household rules help to reduce screen time among low-income children
  • Parents who exercise and eat with their families are role models for healthy lifestyles
  • Schools play a critical role in promoting healthy eating