The obesity epidemic among children had placed an additional responsibility on schools to educate students on nutrition and physical activity. The program creates sustainable policies to promote consumption of healthy foods/beverages and expands opportunities for students to be physically active.
“A majority of students eat two out of three meals in school and ongoing research demonstrates a student’s success is affected by nutritional content and amount of physical activity,” said Victoria Keir, program coordinator. “The schools districts have a growing need for resources and assistance to educate its students.”
Each district will complete a School Health Index to determine how it could enhance its current strategies and policies to shape the future of its students. Strategies school districts will implement will be low or no cost, such as improving visibility of healthier food options and removing those unhealthy.
“Schools are in a difficult situation juggling
Seton Health staff will be collaborating with the program to offer expert resources to the school districts. Staffs from cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes, dietary, pediatrics, and physical rehabilitation are participating. Several other community organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and YMCA are also involved with the program.