Community Impacts Childrens Weight

9 years 6 months 2 weeks ago October 05, 2007 Oct 5, 2007 Friday, October 05 2007 Friday, October 05, 2007 1:53:25 PM CDT in News

They say it takes a village to raise a child -- but what's in or not in your village could impact how much your child weighs, explains San Diego State University researcher Jim Sallis.

"It might have a lot of fast food all the way to it might just have tons of healthy food options. We're going to look at neighborhoods with parks and without parks and we're going to look at neighborhoods where you can walk to the local store or couldn't walk to the local store," said Sallis.

The four year San Diego state study recruits kids like 9 year old Johan Sheldon and his family.

"We've fought obesity in my family and we're taking it very seriously to keep our kids active," said study participant Lisa Sheldon.

Computerized activity monitor keeps track of Johan's activities.

"What time he went out to play, where he would go, what kind of activities he was doing, whether he was going to the park, to the zoo, to the mall, to the park and where in San Diego we were going when he was active."

While his mother keeps the family's diet diary."What it is he eating, did I buy it that day, was it an impulse buy did I take him out for fast food," said Sheldon.

Providing important feedback for the Sheldons and perhaps future weight friendly neighborhoods.

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