After five months of lessons from Sesame Street characters, preschoolers in Bogotá, Colombia improved their habits, attitude and knowledge about a heart-healthy lifestyle and were more likely to be at a healthy weight.
The kids’ parents also increased heart-healthy knowledge.
- Emphasized caring for your body and eating a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Referred to foods like cookies as “sometimes” food.
- Taught that physical activity is a way to feel great and play with your friends.
These positive responses show that healthy habits should be taught early and integrated in school and family life, researchers said.
- More on raising healthy kids is at Heart.org/HealthierKids
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