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Fit To Be Taught, Vol. 48

An Insiders Look at Students Lives

As a school counselor, Barbara J. Kiernan spent a lot of time listening to students. On one level, she wished she could share with other educators the family issues, stressors, anxieties, and responsibilities with which so many of todays students cope. Many also attended schools in buildings with conditions that affected their (and their teachers) health.

So Kiernan took some of the situations her students faced and assigned them to fictional characters in the book She included in the book questions for students and a workbook they can use to help them take charge of their personal and academic lives. The book also has more than 300 resources, with Web sites and toll-free numbers, where young people and their families can seek further information or assistance.

Health professionals, environmentalists, and organizations that are concerned about young people also contributed messages to Behind the Wall.

Kiernan is hopeful that the book will help empower young people and at the same time, encourage educators and other adults to improve learning and living conditions for todays students.

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Wellness News
YMCA Wants Kids to Step Up A nationwide fitness campaign being staged by the YMCA this week seeks to get students to take 10 billion steps. Some experts think a person who takes fewer than 5,000 steps a day has an inactive lifestyle.

Experts: Skip the Treadmill, Play Tag While kids-sized exercise equipment and gyms are becoming popular in schools and homes, some experts say kids should be encouraged to burn off calories through active play.

Helping Kids Make Healthful Choices

Healthy Choices is a school-based nutrition and physical activity program in Massachusetts designed to increase middle-school students fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity as well as reduce the amount of time they spend in front of the television. The program promotes a resource-based approach and encourages collaboration among staff members, students, and communities for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

The specific goals of Healthy Choices are for students to eat between five and nine servings of fruit and vegetables per day; participate in physical activity for at least an hour a day, and to watch television for a maximum of two hours per day.

At least 6,000 students across the state have been involved in the program. Students in schools that offered Healthy Choices were more likely to watch less television, be less sedentary, and more likely to play fewer video/computer games. Girls in intervention schools had a statistic increase in nutrition knowledge as well as had lower body mass index (BMI) scores than girls who did not participate.

Read more about this program at: Healthy Choices.

Click to learn more about Action for Healthy Kids.

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