Obesity, Children and Their Future

by SKHC Editor on January 27, 2009

According to recent studies the percentage of children who are considered obese has more than doubled and that the percentage of adolescents has more than tripled – all since 1980! Aside from obesity taking a toll on a child’s self esteem, could cause bullying and it also raises the risk of diabetes, stroke and possibly heart disease. Sadly, less than 25% of adolescents get the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and 64% of high school students do not get the daily recommended amount of physical activity. As a school nurse and/or health teacher what can you do to help? Check out these ten useful tips straight from the CDC:

1. Address physical activity and nutrition through a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP).

2. Designate a school health coordinator and maintain an active school health council.

3. Assess the school’s health policies and programs and develop a plan for improvements.

4. Strengthen the school’s nutrition and physical activity policies.

5. Implement a high-quality health promotion program for school staff.

6. Implement a high-quality course of study in health education.

7. Implement a high-quality course of study in physical education.

8. Increase opportunities for students to engage in physical activity.

9. Implement a quality school meals program.

10. Ensure that students have appealing, healthy choices in foods and beverages offered outside of the school meals program.

To learn more check out the Make a Difference at Your School PDF from the CDC offering lots of facts, strategies and more.

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