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Childhood obesity presents a critical and widespread issue for Indiana children.

One in three Hoosier children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese (33.9%). While childhood obesity presents a concern nationally, this issue is especially relevant in Indiana. Hoosier children are 14.9% more likely to be obese than their peers nationwide. This ranks Indiana as the 9th highest rate of childhood overweight and obesity. In comparison to all neighboring states, Indiana has the highest rate.

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Four out of five students ages 6-17 participate in organized activities outside of school. These activities include sports teams, clubs and organizations as well as music, dance and language lessons. Participation in these activities has been linked to better educational outcomes and improved mental health for youth.

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