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Fewer kids on food assistance are overweight

Posted at 6:33 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 08:33:50-04

New state figures show preschoolers enrolled in Colorado's food assistance program last year were less likely to be overweight than in previous years.

The Denver Post reports that the percentage of obese children ages 2 to 4 dropped to 7.3 percent in 2015 from 8.4 percent in 2012. The percentage of overweight children also fell from 14.5 percent to 13.9 percent in the same time period.

Colorado serves 89,000 low-income women and young children through its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The program, also known as WIC, offers healthy food, nutrition, breastfeeding support and other services.

Nearly one in five Colorado children ages 2 to 4 participate in WIC.