Posted at: 08/07/2013 12:33 PM
Updated at: 08/07/2013 12:47 PM
By: Mark Barger, NBC News
(NBC News) -- The movement to get kids eating healthy food and exercising is starting to pay off.
After rising for decades and then stabilizing somewhat in the mid-2000s, the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers declined by small but statistically significant amounts in 19 states and U.S. territories between 2008 and 2011, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Tuesday.
The study tracked the height and weight of nearly 12-million low-income 2 to 4-year-olds.
Between 2008 and 2011, obesity rates stayed the same or decreased in 40 states and territories, and only went up slightly in three.
Researchers say kid-friendly health messages, such as ones featured in first Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, are contributing to the drop.
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