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Parents Say They Provide Kids A Healthy Home Environment, Except For The Junk Food

April 13, 2011: 10:25 AM EST
A survey by the YMCA finds that 62 percent of parents admit their kids aged 5 to 10 years old eat junk food one to four days a week, while only 14 percent say their kids eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day. Despite these admissions, 89 percent of the parents surveyed rate themselves good to excellent at creating a healthy home environment for their children. But, they say, a lot of distractions make it more difficult to provide a healthy diet. Distractions include social networks, computer games, TV and cell phones. Nearly half of the parents say their children are parked in front of the TV for at least two hours a day five or more days each week.
Nanci Hellmich, "Survey: Kids lack exercise, healthful foods", USA TODAY, April 13, 2011, © USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc
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