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Childhood obesity: Improving Schools Nutrition Programs Could Reduce the Impact.

The incidence of Childhood obesity is increasing at an alarming rate among adolescents and teenagers in US schools and the District of Columbia ranks high on this list. Obesity put children at increased risk for several health problems which are usually seen in adulthood, including hardened and blocked arteries (coronary artery diseases), high blood pressure, and type II diabetes. Most often when obese children grow up they are more likely to be at significantly higher risk of heart attack and stroke, and high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. Being overweight as a child can also cause psychological distress.

It is certainly easier than ever before for children to become overweight. High-calorie foods, such as fast food and confectionery, are abundant, relatively cheap and heavily promoted, specifically at children. Exercise is no longer a regular part of everyone’s day – some children never walk or cycle to school, or play any kind of sport. It is not unusual for children to spend hours in front of a television or computer.

Given that our schools play an important role in the nourishment and daily activities of our children, it’s very necessary to consider improving our schools nutrition and adjusting the curriculum to incorporate physical activities that will change our children’s behaviors and improve the quality of their health. This presentation will specifically address methods that could be used to prevent and control childhood obesity in Washington, DC Public School Systems. The presentation focus is to inform and encourage faculty members, staff and students in DC Public Schools to fully participate in improving nutrition programs in the public school system in the District.

Please clink the following link to view this presentation: APP9KennedyP

Paul Kennedy

Walden University

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