AAP Voices

 

AAP Voices

​​​​​Welcome to AAP Voices, the official blog of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where AAP member pediatricians and others share their perspectives on a wide variety of topics relating to children's health and wellness. ​​

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Thinking Outside the Clinical Box: "Dancetricians" Step Up Against Childhood Obesity​
Claudia Hillam Lau
(April 19, 2017​)​

As a medical student, I quickly learned that obesity is one of the most common health risks among school-age children. Rates have quadrupled in the last 30 years from 5 percent to 21 percent, with disproportionately higher rates among urban minority youth.  Driven in part by our increasingly sedentary lifestyle in the age of TV and video games, less than half of elementary school children now achieve the nationally recommended level of exercise of one hour daily​.

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