Implementing programs to help prevent obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle can be easier said than done. This article offers a range of suggestions and strategies to help give you an idea of where to start. On page nine, you will even find further resources. I like that this article points out the relationship between good physical health and improved learning - we all know it to be true, but it's always good to be reminded!
It's fairly obvious that an increase in physical activity can help the current obesity epidemic. The tricky part is engaging teenagers in regular, moderate intensity exercise. The question asked in the this article is something that all teachers have probably asked themselves. Read on to find out from first hand experience what can work when it comes to keeping Middle School pupils active and engaged.
Here is a whole website that is dedicated to lifelong health of America's young people! There are great suggestions (found on the easy to follow navigation menu) that in include diet and physical activity. There are some great ideas about some strategies that you could implement in your own school community.
This is a very visual website. It looks at obesity in all age groups and when you click on 'State Briefs' you can sort states in rank of high school obesity. There is also a whole page dedicated to high school obesity trends from 1999 to 2015.
It will take a while to fix the obesity epidemic, but schools have a great advantage in that they play a significant role in setting children up for life. I like that this talk brings physical education into the same parameters as other subjects. We need to make it OK to point out that some people are unhealthy and we need to help them change. We can educate children along with their parents and work together to reduce obesity and the impact it has on the lives of young people.