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Internet Site Helps Kids' Eating Habits

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SAN FRANCISCO, Mar 04, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- U.S. researchers said Thursday an Internet program and short videos have helped low-income seventh graders exercise and eat better.

"Use of the Internet and videos made learning fun for these students," said Marilyn Frenn, lead author of the research and an associate professor of nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee. "It is the way that the youth of today learns."

Studies have shown lower income children are at a higher risk for obesity than children from higher income families, with blacks and Hispanics at the highest risk.

"In the transition from middle school to high school, students' diets worsen with an increase in high-fat junk food and a decrease in exercise," Frenn said. "We want to create a culture that is healthier, getting exercise up and the dietary fat down."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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