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Date:11/11/2010

ased from 52 percent in 2003 to 73 percent in 2010, and nearly 73 percent of children are now eating at home on school nights, compared with about 52 percent in 2003.
  • Most children (51.4 percent of whites, 56.5 percent of blacks, 63.8 percent of Hispanics) said their families never or rarely (less than once a week) eat at fast-food or sit-down restaurants.
  • School lunches are eaten by 56 percent of white children, 75 percent of black children and 65 percent of Hispanic children. Children from low-income families are most likely (82 to 89 percent) to eat school lunches.
  • Most children said they would be more active if fun activities were offered before school (59 to 79 percent), during class (80 to 89 percent) or after school (77 to 92 percent). Most also said they would be more active if there were safe places to play in their neighborhood (66 to 86 percent) and if their friends wanted to be active (87 to 89 percent).
  • Most families (64.4 percent) engage in sedentary activities (watching TV or movies or playing video games) three or more days a week.
  • The survey findings were released Nov. 9 at the ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston.

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    The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about childhood nutrition.

    -- Robert Preidt

    SOURCE: American Dietetic Association, news release, Nov. 9, 2010


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