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New school snack food rules clamp down on calories, fat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Snacks sold in U.S. schools from next year must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released on Thursday aimed at giving students more nutritious options and fighting childhood obesity. Full story

At-home weight loss programs for kids lack evidence

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Programs designed to prevent childhood obesity in the home don't affect kids' weight a year or more down the line, according to a review of the evidence. Full story

Mayor Booker: Childhood obesity ‘an epidemic’

   Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker discusses the latest political issues as well as the problem of childhood obesity in America with MSNBC’s Alex Witt.

Booker: We have to fight childhood obesity together

   Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J. talks to MSNBC's Chris Jansing about his work to fight childhood obesity and keep kids healthy; then discusses his preparations for a U.S. Senate run.

U.S. childhood obesity fight sees some success: group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. companies and other groups that have made attempts to reverse the nation's rising childhood obesity rate are starting to see results as more American kids exercise and have better access to healthy foods, they said on Thursday. Full story

Companies band together to fight childhood obesity

   Former Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Mayor Cory Booker, D-Newark, N.J., serve as honorary vice chairmen of “Partnership for a Healthier America,” which is a non-profit organization that’s on a mission to fight childhood obesity. Frist and Booker join Morning Joe to discuss.

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  First lady gets moving in Chicago

Michelle Obama has been touring the country to celebrate and promote the third anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign. Rev. Al Sharpton says her passion for lowering childhood obesity is just one of the reasons she has so many admirers.

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