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Researchers assess health of students in Iceland’s primary schools

By Iceland Review

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, has reported on an investigation of the health of students in Iceland’s primary schools conducted by the University of Akureyri and the Institution for Public Health.

The study revealed that two out of every three girls in 10th grade (15 year olds) believe they “weigh too much.” Girls tend more to their dental health than boys, but boys spend more time playing computer games.

The principal investigator, professor Thoroddur Bjarnason, said the children were doing well in most respects. Most are happy at school, have friends, eat vegetables and fruit and tend to their dental health. But there were also some negative findings, according to Thoroddur, including results relating to television viewing and use of computers.

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