Fighting childhood obesity in America is the responsibility of parents, principals and teachers, according to the First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.
So how are schools in Martinez helping keep local children fit and healthy?
The Martinez Unified School District, for example, has a Health and Wellness Committee that was established back in 2006, proclaiming a commitment to "the health and well-being of students, school staff and families." The components of the policy include providing school health services, health education and promotion, social services, a healthy school environment, nutrition education and access to healthy foods and physical education, as well encouraging community involvement.
But "Let's Move" wants schools to bring health and wellness into the classroom as much as possible. Teachers are encouraged to incorporate nutrition education and physical activity into the curriculum, by making such concepts part of the daily routine.
For example, the Active Schools Acceleration Program is currently offering grants for schools to take more innovative steps toward getting the kids active. Programs include "an academically integrated curriculum of in-class movement breaks," a before-school group aerobic work-out program, and a "100-mile club" where the kids work throughout the school year to run 100 miles.
How is your child's school helping students stay fit and healthy? What do you think are the most effective methods to fight childhood obesity in school? Share your experience in the comments.