11/12/2014 03:23 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2014

Parents Are Surprisingly Bad At Packing Lunch For Their Kids

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It might be time to reconsider the lunchbox.

A new study carried out by researchers at Virginia Tech concluded that preschoolers and kindergartners tend to eat healthier lunches when the food is chosen by their school, not their parents. The study, which surveyed more than 1,300 lunches at three schools in Virginia, found that parents frequently pack things like chips, sweets, and sugary drinks—all of which are not allowed under the National School Lunch Program.

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