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February 13, 2013

Study: parents focused on child’s health, weight

Data from 2012 Parker County children’s health study released

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Crockett PTO President Tracy Dixon, who also volunteers regularly at the school, says it’s “unsettling” to see what students are putting into their mouths.

“Kids are putting chocolate chip granola bars and Big Red in their mouths and considering that lunch from home,” Dixon said.

County Extension Agent Kathy Smith says she has taken the program to local Head Start classes, wanting to start children eating healthy at a young age with good results.

“We read the children stories about apples and then we had the kids make an apple tree out of construction paper,” Smith said. “We plan on going back to teach about the other numbers as well.”

Further details on the survey results can be found at centerforchildrenshealth.org. Ideas on helping children eat healthier can also be found at letsgo.org.

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