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Health Department Urging Children to be Active

Health Department Urging Children to be Active



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Department of Health is urging kids to Unplug 'n Play.

It's a week-long campaign that begins April 23rd and is designed to get kids unplugged from television and computer screens and plugged into an active lifestyle.

Children who spend too much sedentary time in from of computer and television screens often have a variety of health problems, including obesity. A 2006 Health Department study shows that nearly one in four elementary school children were overweight.

Health officials are encouraging parents and children to pledge to reduce the amount of time they spend in front of the television.

Parents can pick up pledge cards and a list of suggested activities this Saturday at the Olympic Oval in Kearns.

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(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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