Kate discusses the efforts of Michelle Obama in improving nutrition in school in order to fight childhood obesity which is the greatest threat to the country’s health according to the surgeon general, Regina Benjamin.
Do you think that Michelle Obama should be involved in telling the rest of us what to eat? Kate says “Yes.” Watch the video and learn more!
Having identified obesity in schools as a problem, we need to look at ways we can incorporate more exercise in schools. Developing an overall school fitness program needs to include school exercise programs in addition to teaching healthy eating habits and establishing healthier school lunch menus. Only with appropriate exercise programs can we really begin to have an affect our students’ struggle with obesity.
The figures are in. According to the obesity statistics of the Center for Disease Control and prevention: 18% of adolescents age 12-19; 20% of children age 6-11; and 10% of children age 2-5 years are obese! This accounts for about 12.5million children between the ages of 2 and 19 years. With obesity being defined as a body mass index at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex, obesity in children is clearly a concern for parents as well as schools. This makes the development of programs for prevention of childhood obesity in school a formidable goal.