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Although it has been trending downwards recently, childhood obesity in Los Angeles is still a major concern. 

Increases physical activity and improves nutrition through physical education curricula, equipment, after-school programs, and promoting family involvement.

Approximately 657,000 children kindergarten through 5th grade in public schools of Los Angeles County, California.

For a $61.4 million investment over three years covering 656,824 kindergarten thru 5th graders ($94 per child)

We use a variety of data sources to tailor our analysis to the location and to make our estimates as accurate as possible. However, sometimes data is unavailable, either because it has not been collected, or because it is not shared publicly. We encourage government agencies and other organizations to share their de-identified data online and researchers to prioritize the following gaps in the data.

Baseline obesity data - We use school data to impute ZIP code level estimates of obesity before summing the information up to Health Districts. Additionally, we make a slight adjustment to account for differences in obesity as measured by BMI percentile compared to the Healthy Fitness Zones on the California Fitnessgram that schools use to record the health of their students, based on data from a study in the Lawndale School District and Wilmington.

College Graduation - Baseline data for college graduation was imputed from high school graduation multiplied by college completion. Clearly this measure is imperfect, notably because it does not account for high school graduates that attend no form of college. Furthermore, college completion is for undergraduates in the state of California, which is not a perfect match of high school graduates in the state.