The First Lady has made it her mission in the last few years to help fight childhood obesity in America — including inside the classroom. The "Let's Move" initiative asks parents, principals and teachers to participate by promoting healthy living.
So how are schools in Lamorinda helping keep local children fit and healthy?
The Lafayette School District, for example, has a Wellness Policy that was established back in 2006 proclaiming a commitment to "supporting healthy eating and physical activity." Among the components of the policy are guidelines to the types of foods and beverages that should be served during school mealtimes and classroom celebrations. The district also aims to promote and provide opportunities for physical activity.
But "Let's Move" wants schools to go beyond the regular P.E. schedule. 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.