Study Shows Rise in Snacking By Children

May 17, 2010

Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC) shares an eye-opening study on children’s snacking habits…along with our simple, every day, evidence-based solutions. 


Children in the United States snack almost three times a day on salty chips, candy, and other junk food, according to a recent study by Barry M. Popkin and Carmen Piernas of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, looking  at long-term eating patterns in children. Eating habits develop early and the study found that kids, ages 2 to 6, were the ones who consumed the most calories from snacks.


Healthy Kids Challenge encourages childcare providers to:

  • set scheduled snack times to make snack eating a conscious activity.
  • provide kids more of the healthy foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy) and much less of the high sugar, and fat foods (sugary drinks, desserts and chips).
  • send a HKC take-home healthy snack tip sheet for parents to use at home.

Share what’s worked for you to integrate balance and healthy snacks at your early childhood program!

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