Increased personal accountability, the development of new prevention programs, government involvement—all must work together to defeat childhood obesity. What else? Schools. Schools have a major role in preventing childhood obesity. By working with private and public sector organizations, schools can have take a serious part in reshaping social and physical environments and providing children with knowledge about how to adopt healthy lifestyles. “Make a Difference at Your School” published by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains why schools are so important in this cause:
• More than 95% of young people are enrolled in schools.
• Students have the opportunity to eat a large portion of their daily food intake and to be physically active at school.
• Schools are an ideal setting for teaching young people how to adopt and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
• Research shows that well-designed, well-implemented school programs can effectively promote physical activity and healthy eating.
• Emerging research documents the connections between physical activity,
good nutrition, physical education and nutrition programs, and academic performance.
By reviewing scientific evidence and gathering primary research, CDC and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have identified 10 strategies to help schools prevent obesity by promoting physical activity and eating healthy.
Public and private school districts across the nation are implementing these 10 key strategies. Is your child’s school district committed to defeating childhood obesity?