DIET DISTRACTIONS DURING SUMMER


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You can see how school aged children with the summer off would watch more TV than usual. A study published in the Journal of School Health confirmed that assumption while also suggesting sugar consumption increases while vegetable eating decreases during the summer months.

Researchers collected data from 6,400 American school children ranging in age from first grade through the last year of high school between 2003 and 2008. An analysis showed they watched an average of 20 minutes more TV each day and drank 3 more ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages in summertime compared to the school year.

True Strength Moment: On a positive note, most kids got in 5 more minutes of exercise during summer vacation, with high school aged subjects participating in significantly more. But getting back to diet, do you pay close attention to what you’re eating June through August?