The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents. Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project

08/01/2013

This demonstration project , supported by the Affordable Care Act (Section 4306), aims  to address childhood obesity, which has both immediate and long term effects including diabetes, heart disease risk factors, and obesity as an adult.4  Based on 2007-2008 data, an estimated 10 percent of children ages 2-5 were obese and about 20 percent of children ages 6-11 were obese.15  Administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the project targets children ages 2-12.  The program targets children covered by CHIP.  Information on the project is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/researchproject.html.

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