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Survey: A third of S.D. students overweight or obese

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- A recent survey in South Dakota schools shows one-third of students are overweight or obese.

Results of the 2008-09 state survey showed little change from the previous year: 17 percent of school-age children were overweight and 16.6 percent were obese.

The School Height Weight Report is a joint effort of the Departments of Health and Education. Participating schools are given scales and measuring boards to collect data.

The 223 schools that participated in the 2008-09 survey accounted for 29 percent of students in the state.