Did You Know . . .?
During those nine years, preschool age obesity rates dipped in New York City from about 19 percent to 16 percent. But in L.A. County, they rose from 17 percent to more than 21 percent before dropping to about 20 percent.
Children and adolescents who are overweight are at risk for becoming overweight adults who may face decreased productivity, increased medical problems and premature death.
First 5 LA has invested $41 million since 2011 in two countywide programs that will expand current nutrition efforts, increase physical activity among young children, and help reduce the obesity epidemic among nearly 1 million children 0 to 5 and their families in L.A. County.
Read more about the context in which First 5 LA works to improve outcomes for children in the Prenatal to 5 Environmental Scan.
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