Math and science aren’t the only challenges facing our kids and teens today. According to a report developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
- 25% of students were either overweight or obese.
- 86% didn’t eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
- Over 50% did not get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity five days a week.
Read the full report here: The Obesity Epidemic and Massachusetts Students
Children spend most of their awake hours at school, which means schools have a unique opportunity to create an environment that encourages students to eat healthy and be active. They may offer healthy food such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables; adopt policies that prohibit unhealthy snacks; and provide opportunities for daily physical activities.
In addition, creating safer routes to school provides a safe, fun opportunity for children to socialize with other students while being active.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.