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      Georgia takes a bite out of childhood obesity

      About one in every eight preschoolers in the United States is obese according to the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention, and as each of those children grow they're five times more likely to live their adult lives overweight or obese as well.A recent study shows, however that the country is making progress among low-income preschoolers with 19 states -- including Georgia -- showing a decline in obesity rates from 2008 through 2011.Some attribute this change to a better understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle. Dietician Julie Joiner says more parents are becoming educated on how to introduce fruits and vegetables to children in a positive light rather than a punishment.Another factor is the healthier options provided by schools and child care centers. Deerfield Windsor Chef Manager Josie Morgan says programs using child-friendly concepts like color coding food groups have really helped students to better understand portion control.If a child can develop a healthy eating habit and see it as a normal lifestyle, not a diet or something they don't like, Joiner says they'll be more likely to keep up with it.For those who worry that healthy eating is expensive eating, Joiner says Georgia is a great area because of the vast amount of farmer's markets and produce stands we have, so parents can learn to get great prices on fresh food.To make sure the bill doesn't rise above budget, Joiner says pay attention to which fruits and veggies are in season and only but them during that period, which can save a family a decent amount of money.

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