For a number of years the Elizabeth McCormick Memorial Fund has been interested in the accumulation of a body of factual information on the general health and dietary practices of preschool and school age children in the Chicago area. Its regular health education program centers around a periodic examination by a pediatrician, followed by family consultations with a nutritionist. Approximately 1,500 children from six hundred families, largely from the low income levels, are examined each year in connection with this program.
In 1939, with the assistance of the Work Projects Administration,1 a study was begun of the records of 10,000 children who had been enrolled in the Fund's health supervision classes during the preceding decade, and plans were made for examining during the next two years a large number of children from widely different economic levels. Since then more than 7,200 children from three thousand nine hundred families have
HARDY MC, BOYLE HH, NEWCOMB AL. PHYSICAL FITNESS OF CHILDREN FROM DIFFERENT ECONOMIC LEVELS IN CHICAGO. JAMA. 1941;117(25):2154–2161. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820510042010
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