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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.4

Forum: Lunch Reforms Needed as Kids' Health Worsens


What children are taught in class about nutritious foods and what appears in school cafeterias often are at odds, according to educators and health experts. An award-winning filmmaker called on schools to dump the junk food and make lunch a teaching tool.

The time for blame in the child obesity crisis is over, and now schools, communities, and parents need to work together to help children eat better and develop healthier lifestyles, according to speakers at a forum on childhood obesity.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Children , the big draw for the forum was filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 documentary Super Size Me: A Film of Epic Proportions. Forum attendees saw excerpts from the movie.

"The time for finger pointing is done," said Spurlock, about who is to blame for the obesity crisis in the U.S., to an overflow crowd in the state's legislative office building. "My grandfather always said if you point a finger at someone, you're pointing three at yourself."

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Wellness News
Report: Ban Cars Near Schools Banning parents cars within a half-mile of schools would cut down on air pollution and force more children to walk to school, according to an environmental group.

More Schools Serving Breakfast In an effort to combat discipline problems, chronic visits to the nurse, and a lack of focus in the classroom, more Palm Beach County, Florida, schools plan to serve breakfast.

Running for Fun and Fitness

It's "Funner" to be a Runner is a fitness education/classroom program designed to promote cardiovascular fitness and respiratory efficiency, while at the same time enhancing mental, emotional, and social health for K-5 students at Meridian Elementary School in El Cajon, California.

Students run for 45-50 minutes five days a week and some enter weekend fun runs. They do push-ups and pull-ups daily. Students gain a sense of confidence from meeting goals and accomplishing athletic activities that they could not do before, and the self-confidence often carries over into their schoolwork. Many of the youngsters keep in touch with school staff members after they leave the fifth grade, and report that they are still running, biking, swimming, or engaging in other types of exercise.

The program also stresses good nutrition. Healthful snacks are provided on a daily basis at school. Parents always are sending in nutritious snacks for the entire class and many tell school staff members that their children won't eat white bread, cakes, or other sugary snacks at home.

Read more about this program at: It's Funner to Be a Runner.

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