Childhood Obesity in Public Schools

Are public schools a contributing factor to the increasing problem of childhood obesity? The answer is an unequivocal, yes!

This web site is designed to help educate, as well as invigorate its readers to make a difference in their community.

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aft    Public schools are facing a hefty problem; childhood obesity. Diminished physical activity in schools is taking its toll on our young children. With the emphasis on testing and "making the grade" children are spending less and less time outdoors playing and more time in the classroom.    boys  While it's important to be in the classroom, it's equally crucial to allow children enough time to play during recess.

   To learn more about the importance of recess in schools click here

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      Another aspect of childhood obesity is the diet that kids are following. Children consume two of their three meals at school and this makes the nutritional value of these options critical. Offering a variety of  fresh fruits and veggies should be the main focus of both breakfast and lunch. Since kids can be picky eaters, adults must be creative in the presentation of these dietary essentials. This does not mean cover it in butter or sugar but simply be creative and open to trying new recipes.               Girl and peach      

     Home Life

  Follow these guidelines to help maintain weight at home 

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         Getting Involved

   My Pyramid

     My Pyramid is a wonderful website that will help you develop a meal plan. It's an extremely educational site, explaining the importance of a varied diet as well as providing a place for previewing the latest health news.
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   Jamie Oliver

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      Jamie Oliver is a world famous chef from Britain. He has been actively involved in implementing healthy school meals by writing various books, filming a TV series and raising awareness all over the country.

At his website Oliver writes, "For the past couple of years I’ve been campaigning to ban the junk in schools and get kids eating fresh, tasty nutritious food instead. I can’t do it without your help though – so start a revolution in your school and help us prove that school meals can be better.

     It’s all about making radical changes to the school meals system and challenging the junk food culture by showing schools they can serve fresh nutritious meals that kids enjoy eating.

     What we eat affects everything: our mood, behavior, health, growth, even our ability to concentrate. A lunchtime school meal should provide a growing child with one third of their daily nutritional intake."
     

You can join his movement by electronically signing his petition...simply click on the badge and it takes only thirty seconds. 

To watch a video featuring Jamie Oliver simply follow this link!

 

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Page design by Jeana Dominguez on April 18, 2010. Page last updated on April 26, 2010.