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Poll: Kids' Lack of Activity is Top Health Concern

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2012 Aug 29
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A recent national poll finds that the top health concern of adults across the United States for children is they are "not getting enough exercise."

The annual University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health comes up with a top 10 list of adults' biggest health concerns for kids in their communities.

For the first time, not enough exercise was rated by most adults, 39 percent, at the top of the list, according to a release from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Thirty-eight percent of those polled listed childhood obesity as the top concern. Smoking and tobacco use was cited by 34 percent as the biggest concern.

The remaining top concerns are:
 4. Drug abuse (33%)
 5. Bullying (29%)
 6. Stress (27%)
 7. Alcohol abuse (23%)
 8. Teen pregnancy (23%)
 9. Internet safety (22%)
10. Child abuse and neglect (20%)

Source: USA Today