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New Mexico obesity rate for third-graders drops; physical activity, healthy eating promoted

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — New Mexico health officials report continued progress in reducing childhood obesity.

The Department of Health announced Tuesday that the rate of obesity among third-graders in 2014 was 18.1 percent, down from 19.9 percent in 2013 and down from 22.6 in 2010.

The department also says the obesity rate among kindergarten students in 2014 was the lowest since the state began collecting data in 2010.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says there's more work to be done but that officials are encouraged by the downward trend.

Ward points to benefits from a program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating.

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