Posted by Jessi Turnure
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Childhood obesity rates are down for the first time in decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Childhood obesity decreased in Missouri, but stayed the same in Arkansas.
"The child really eats what the parent puts in front of them. That's a big thing growing up," Mandy Northcutt, with St. Bernard's Health and Wellness Institute, said.
Northcutt is a mom herself and admitted it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet.
Northcutt said St. Bernard's Health and Wellness Institute plans to take it a step further by launching a new program dedicated to improving kids' health.
The program will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the institute.