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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.6

Filmmaker Gives Fast-Food Warning to Kids


When filmmaker Morgan Spurlock decided to eat nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days for his movie Super Size Me, his health deteriorated more than anyone expected. Now he is urging schools to help steer kids away from fast food, by offering more healthful lunch choices. Spurlock also offers tips for eliminating junk food from schools.

Eating nothing but McDonald's food for three meals a day sounds like an American kid's dream; a fast-food feeding frenzy, where the next french fry is as close as the next meal.

But filmmaker Morgan Spurlock showed in his Academy Award-nominated documentary Super Size Me: A Film of Epic Proportions just how damaging a McDiet could be. The film chronicles the effects on Spurlock of eating McDonald's food for three meals a day for 30 days, with little or no exercise.

Long before the month was up, Spurlock's physical and emotional health deteriorated, as his blood pressure and cholesterol levels soared and the fat content in his liver became dangerously high. At the end of 30 days, he'd gained 25 pounds.

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Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit

Larry Larson, principal of North Cache 8-9 Center in Richmond, Utah, has been doing his best to promote physical activity and proper nutrition at his school for teachers, students, staff members, and parents. Larson set up donated fitness equipment in the school for after-school physical activity, and gave all teachers a pedometer as part of the schools Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit program. Each teacher sets his or her own goal for the number of steps walked in any given week. The program has been so successful that students regularly check in with their teachers to find out how many steps they have recorded. As a result of this comprehensive healthy school environment, students have set their own physical activity and nutrition goals. The current fitness center was slated to be replaced with all new equipment in 2003.

More than 95 percent of the faculty and 100 percent of the administration participated in the initial program. Four classes (135 students) participated directly in the beginning program, and interest quickly spread to the entire school as incentives were provided for active participation of the general student body. Classes presented three major assemblies to help their peers understand what getting fit really looks like.

Read more about this program at: Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit .

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