Childhood obesity is a growing U.S. population health problem. Regularly consuming fast food and other take-out meals is linked to higher rates of childhood obesity. While the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated takeout, rates of takeout and delivery have been increasing since 2012. Engaging children in preparing family meals can protect against childhood obesity and other risky behaviors. The Healthy Monday program, Kids Cook Monday, can support families to regularly cook meals together.
Healthy Monday, Child Health, Nutrition
Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion
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My thanks to Alex Punch, Shannon Monnat, and Nicole Replogle for edits on previous versions of this brief.
Schutt, Mary Kate, "The Kids Cook Monday Program Can Help Reduce Child Obesity" (2021). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 143.
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