School Age Kids Eat Smart Move More

School-age youngsters—no longer preschoolers, not yet teens—are establishing habits that last a lifetime. For their good health and healthy weight, nutrition and physical activity should rank high as priorities.

During these years, children gain control of the world around them. They push for independence, associate more with their peers, and make more choices of their own. Because they're away from home more often, people other than family have a growing role in shaping their food decisions. A recent study showed that school-age children acknowledge teachers and schools, then parents as their main sources of nutrition information; television, books, then health professionals ranked next. Another "info" source: some nutrition Web sites for kids.

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