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Nemours Applauds Partnership for a Healthier America's Leadership in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014


Nemours congratulates the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) on today’s announcement regarding Knowledge Universe’s commitment to join PHA and implement standards that align with the Let’s Move! Child Care goals.

“Early care and education providers play a vital role in raising a healthier generation of Americans,” said Debbie Chang, Nemours Vice President of Policy and Prevention. “With this newest commitment by Knowledge Universe, more than 1 million children in child care settings will be eating healthy and being physically active thanks to PHA’s commitments from large child care providers.”

The commitment was announced at the 3rd Annual Building a Healthier Future Summit and demonstrates continued momentum to prevent childhood obesity.

Today’s announcement expands and leverages the work that Nemours and its partners across the country are doing to promote healthy behaviors for the nearly 12 million children who spend all or part of their day in child care. Initiatives such as Let’s Move! Child Care, the National Early Care & Education Collaboratives (a joint effort of CDC and Nemours), and Healthy Way to Grow (a partnership between the American Heart Association and Nemours) help early care and education providers make changes in nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and screen time policies and practices to ensure our nation’s youngest children continue to live, learn and play in environments that support their health.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.