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People want schools to help prevent childhood obesity, survey says

(Los Angeles Times) Ninety percent of Americans said schools should take a role in combating obesity - a surprising cut away from the idea that being overweight is a personal choice.
That doesn't meant people don't see that they need to take action as well for themselves and their families, according to the results of a Field Research poll released Wednesday. "It really indicates a sea change in how people view the problem," Loel Solomon, vice president for community health at Kaiser Permanente, said in an interview. "People are ready to act for themselves, their families and their loved ones, but they know they can't do it alone."
Only 19 percent of those surveyed said that obesity was only a personal issue.
Solomon also said the survey showed "pretty broad consensus on strategies" such as physical exercise, safe walking routes to schools and fresh drinking water at schools.
Community: Once again, we see that most Americans, sensibly, want their government to use their tax money to help them get and stay healthy.
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