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Report on American children's well-being released

July 10, 2009 2:26:43 PM PDT
The U.S. Government has released its annual report on the well-being of America's children.The report paints a broad picture of children's health in this country and includes a focus on nutrition.

The report examines how well children are meeting the USDA's dietary recommendations. It says children six-years-old and up need to eat more fruits and vegetables, along with beans, whole grains, and healthy oils.

The report also shows 17 percent of American kids are overweight.

That figure has not gone up significantly since it was last measured in 2004, but remains much higher than in 1980, when only 6 percent were overweight.

The study finds 18 percent of children are living in poverty and nearly 700,000 kids live with very low food security, meaning they're not sure where their next meal will come from.


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