- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say the childhood obesity rate among New Mexico 3rd graders is dropping.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Tuesday, that between 2010 to 2013, the state’s 3rd graders saw a 12 percent decrease.

Among Native American 3rd graders, the group saw a 20 percent decline.

The obesity rate for all New Mexico 3rd graders is 19.9 percent.

Still, the health officials say they are concerned about jumps in childhood obesity between kindergarten and third grade. For example, the same group of 3rd graders had only a 13 percent rate in kindergarten.

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