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Childhood Obesity Prevention in the School System

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David Boyko

on 28 April 2011

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Transcript of Childhood Obesity Prevention in the School System

Obesity Diabetes
Heart disease
Dental Problems
Cancers School Lunch Programs Michelle Obama Availability of resources Energy In > Energy Out Preventing Childhood Obesity
in Schools Health Problems Overweight
BMI of 25 Obese
BMI of >30 ~20% of children ages 6-19 are obese Children who are obese are 70% more likely of being an obese adult Students Spend 7 or more hours/day at school Why Schools? Where up to 60% of their daily caloric intake may take place 31 million students nationwide participate in school lunch programs Challenges to Schools Physical Activity decreases with each grade level Solutions Other Benifits of Physical Activity Improved mood/self esteem Hightened attention Physical/health education requirements Parent education Afterschool Intramurals Ban sugary drinks Low Cost Solutions Rearrangement of lunchlines The physically active classroom Walking Schoolbus Increased learning and retention School gardening
Fun way for kids to learn and try new foods Legislation to create safer sidewalks, playgrounds, and athletic fields Suggests 60min of moderate to vigorous PA/day Empowering parents to make healthy choices for their children and to promote more physical actity at home Reduce screen time Safe and supervised activities Funding Presure to achieve high test scores on core subjects Qualified instructors David Boyko Obesity cont. Highest rates among Hispanics
folowed by African Americans and
then whites Rates are higher in areas of lower socioeconomic status Summary Play is the work of children Schools should provide better choices for lunches Exercise can benifit the health as well as learning in both overwieght and healthy kids Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable disease and mortality References
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