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Fewer Nevada Kindergartners Are Overweight

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new report from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas shows that Nevada kindergartners are less likely to spend long hours in front of a TV, and fewer of them are overweight.

The report issued Thursday found 30 percent of the state’s kindergartners are overweight or obese. That’s a four percent drop from last year and an eight percent drop over the past five years.

But the survey also found more families are uninsured this year than last year. Researchers say 13.5 percent of the children don’t have coverage.

The results come from the fifth annual Kindergarten Health Survey conducted by UNLV’s Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy.

Researchers collected about 8,400 surveys that asked about children’s insurance status, access to health care and eating habits.

-Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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