Early childhood is a time when the development of healthful eating and activity behaviors occurs; thus, it is a critical window for obesity prevention efforts. A number of obesity prevention interventions targeting children have demonstrated short-term nutrition and activity behavior change.
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Published online: November 13, 2020
Accepted: October 12, 2020
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: The fifth author of this article (S. L. Johnson) serves on the JNEB staff as Associate Editor. Review of this article was handled, exclusively, by the Editor-in-Chief to minimize conflict of interest. The rest of the authors have not stated any conflicts of interest.
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