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Play Recommended to Solve Missoula’s Obesity Problem

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American children from the ages of 8 to 18 spend nearly six hours a day with their eyes glued to a screen. Whether it be television, computers, or video game systems, the large amount of screen time is having an impact on Missoula’s childhood obesity rate. Senior community health specialist for the Missoula Health Department, Mary McCourt spoke with KGVO News about the issue and here’s what she had to say.

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One of the solutions proposed by the Missoula health department is to challenge children and their parents to spend more time playing. Let’s Move Missoula, along with the health department and Missoula city parks is set to unveil its Unplug and Play week on April 30th. Visit the official website for events and more information.

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