As the father of a 5 year old daughter, I am concerned about the lack of physical activity and poor nutrition at our nation's schools. It's no wonder 1/3 of the children in the US are obese. I'm not suggesting this is the primary cause of childhood obesity...but it's sure not helping.
In any case...I sure like the new program launched last month by first lady Michelle Obama, called "Let's Move", a major initiative to improve physical fitness levels and nutrition in participating schools.
ScienceDaily (May 19, 2010) — Last
month, first lady Michelle Obama launched "Let's Move," a new
campaign to combat childhood obesity. The initiative seeks to improve school
nutrition programs and promote physical activity. In Missouri, one elementary school is seeing
the benefits of incorporating physical activity in their classrooms with the
adoption of the Active and Healthy Schools Program. The program, implemented by
University of Missouri researchers, has helped to
increase kids' activity levels, improve their attention span and reduce
This is such great stuff. I can’t think of a better
allocation of resources than to help fight childhood obesity, as well as educate children about
the importance of exercise and nutrition. Now, if we could only figure out a
way to get to their parents.