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School Obesity Rate Dips in New York on Health Programs

The obesity rate in grade school-aged children in New York dropped 5.5 percent between 2006 and 2010 as the city started programs to boost physical activity and encourage healthier eating habits.

The percentage of obese kids in kindergarten through eighth grade dipped to 20.7 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, from a 21.9 percentage rate in 2006-2007, according to a study done by researchers at the city’s health and education departments.