Schools take stance against childhood obesity

Schools across the nation are taking a stance against childhood obesity thanks to federal grants and Childhood Obesity Prevention Education.

Schools are beginning to revise the lunch menu to incorporate healthier options. Photo courtesy of the Daily Press.

Klein Independent School District in Klein, Texas is implementing new programs at four schools thanks to the federal grants. Each campus was awarded $2,500 to implement obesity prevention programs during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Many people, including Natalia Forside, the district’s school wellness counselor, find that fighting obesity in the school setting is the best place to start.

The programs are family-friendly, and much of the food is home-made and targeted at what kids like to eat.

Even schools unaffiliated with the prevention programs are beginning to revise what they serve for lunch. Additional initiatives such as dancing and running in place to assist in kids’ physical activity are also being implemented throughout the nation’s schools.

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