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The USDA Healthy Bodies Project is a large scale intervention research project focused on promoting healthy eating and physical activity in preschool children, with a goal of preventing childhood obesity.

We are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our goals are focused on providing guidance to teachers and families on ways to improve healthy eating, increase active play, and help children develop healthy behaviors.  We provide family and school-based curricula to achieve these goals.  The hope is that children exposed to our program develop lifelong healthy attitudes and behaviors that lead to healthy growth and development.