” Schools need to be more active in teaching heart-healthy behavior and they should offer more physical education and healthful meals, a new American Heart Association (news – web sites) statement urges.
“The main way to prevent overweight is through physical activity and good nutrition and schools provide a very important avenue to reach the majority of youth,” said Laura L. Hayman, chairwoman of the writing group for the statement and a member of the association’s Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension and Obesity in Youth.
“We would hope that this statement combined with several other initiatives — including the recent Institute of Medicine (news – web sites) report — will provide the armamentarium and the push that’s needed for school districts to adopt standards of physical activity and nutrition,” she said.”
You’d have to be a real fat head to fight this. 😉 It is very important, I hate seeing fat children. It is one thing if it is a medical condition, but far too often it is not caused by that at all.