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Healthy Behaviors - the Earlier the Better

Did you know that adopting healthy behaviors early in life may be easier than changing unhealthy habits later in life?

Obese children and teens have a higher risk of developing health problems associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes, than others in their age groups who are not obese. Obese children also are more likely to be obese as adults.

Healthy behaviors instilled in childhood are often carried forward into adulthood. The following resources will help you take action now to ensure that your child has a strong foundation for a healthy lifetime!

 

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Last Reviewed: Sep 06, 2012

Phyllis L Pirie, PhD Phyllis L Pirie, PhD
Professor of Health Behaviors & Health Promotion
College of Public Health
The Ohio State University