One in three children in Pennsylvania is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Studies show that children who are overweight are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other medical conditions.
That’s why UPMC in central Pa. has partnered with schools in the Harrisburg area to combat childhood obesity through education. Our educational programs include:
- Healthy Food Alternatives and Taste Experiences. Fruits and vegetables are offered as healthy alternatives during school lunches.
- Interactive Health Education Kiosks. Students are encouraged to learn about nutrition, food choices and food labeling through interactive characters, games, videos and songs.
- The Energy Pack Program. This program helps children in low-income families meet their nutritional needs during weekends and holiday breaks. Each weekend or holiday, participating children receive a backpack filled with nutritious foods to help them avoid hunger and stay healthy.
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