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9:56 AM, Jun 29, 2011   |    comments
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A new report from the Institute of Medicine outlines new policies to help lower the climbing childhood obesity rate among infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

The report -- released Thursday -- recommends that children stay physically active throughout the day -- get outside when possible and babies be allowed to move freely when carefully supervised.

It also advises limiting television and computer time to less than two hours for kids ages two to five.

Because obesity has been linked to insufficient sleep, the report encourages child care providers to promote rest times during the day in an appropriate environment.

Lastly, the committee calls on the government to establish dietary guidelines for children under two ... and to step up efforts to encourage breast feeding, which is a proven way to curb obesity.

The dietary guidelines for kids under 2 promote vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

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