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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 pdf format of    MA Coordinated School Health Obesity Fact Sheet  doc format of MA Coordinated School Health Obesity Fact Sheet

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.