Keep kids moving this summer!

Obesity season? Kids' health habits take summer break

With the warm weather and extra free time away from the classroom, you might assume that kids spend a lot more time running around outdoors over summer vacation. But that assumption would be wrong.

When school's out, kids are actually more likely to engage in obesity-related behaviors such as watching more television, consuming more sugar and eating fewer vegetables, and their exercise levels barely budge, according to a study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the Journal of School Health.

With one in 6 American children obese, and millions more overweight, those bad habits become a cause for serious concern.

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