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School bans sweets to fight childhood obesity


Five-year-olds dance hip-hop to the alphabet. Third-graders learn math by twisting into geometric shapes, fifth-graders by calculating calories. And everyone goes to the gym–every day, the Associated Press reports. In the middle of America’s heartland, a small public school, Northeast Elementary Magnet School, has taken on a hefty task–reversing obesity. And it’s won a gold medal for it, becoming the first elementary school in the country to receive that award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The cafeteria here serves fresh fruit and veggies, low-fat or no-fat milk, no sodas or fried foods and no gooey desserts. There are no sweets on kids’ birthdays and food is never used as a reward…

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