Preschoolers Who Participate in Head Start More Likely To Begin Kindergarten at a Healthy Weight
Head Start preschoolers who begin the program overweight or underweight are more likely than similar children who are not in the program to start kindergarten at a healthy weight, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers found that BMI scores among obese children in the Head Start group declined more than those of obese children in the comparison groups. In addition, children in the Head Start group who began the study underweight gained more weight during Head Start than those in the comparison groups.
- "Obese Kids in Head Start Get Healthier During the Year" (Doyle, Reuters, 1/13).