Communities Consider the Use of Healthy Out-of-School Time Programs to Fight Obesity


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According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) obesity rates in children have decreased in Northborough, since the implementation of the “Building A Healthier Northborough” initiative. As a result other towns in Massachusetts are following Northborough’s lead by focusing their efforts on building Complete Streets and supporting healthy out-of-school time programs. Programs such as “Build Our Kids’ Success” (BOKS) offer children an opportunity to participate in more physical activity outside of school time. The BOKS curriculum has been used in over 165 schools across the U.S, and demonstrated success in increasing the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) that children participate in.

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