Silvester Fullard fixes dinner for his 11-year-old son Tavestsiar. When Tavestsiar first came to live with his dad in 2010, he was closed off, Silvester says; "he didn't want to be around other kids." Charles Mostoller for NPR hide caption

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To Head Off Trauma's Legacy, Start Young

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The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

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To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

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The CDC would be happy with these guys, who were playing in Birmingham, Ala., in July 2013. Teenage boys say basketball is their favorite activity. Mark Almond/AL.COM /Landov hide caption

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Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault

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Playing outside can help kids — and their parents — maintain a healthy weight. iStockphoto hide caption

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Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten

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Students at Lowell High School in Michigan sit down for lunch. Shorter lunch breaks mean that many kids don't get enough time to eat and socialize. Emily Zoladz/Landov hide caption

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These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes

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Just knowing that someone is obese doesn't mean they would benefit from bariatric surgery, doctors say. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Teenagers put in more than two hours a day of TV time on average, still more than what pediatricians say is healthy. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Small declines in obesity among young kids could help stem bigger problems in the future. Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend

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Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose-Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic

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Napping in class may be common, but it's also a sign that kids need more sleep. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents

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A poll needs to ask about randomly selected children in households across the country to bring context to what's happening with kids like 7-year-old Henry Condes in Los Angeles. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A new poll explores what happens in American households during the hours between school and bedtime. Image courtesy of The Bishop family (left), The Benavides family (top right), NPR (center) and The Jacobs family (bottom right) hide caption

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How 'Crunch Time' Between School And Sleep Shapes Kids' Health

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One Lunch Lady's Cafeteria Conversion

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An overweight child reads her part during a skit that was in a 2010 program promoting healthy lifestyles sponsored by Children's Hospital near Denver. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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