In the past three decades the prevalence of obesity among children ages 6 to 19 has tripled in this country. It is imperative we supply our children with the tools necessary to make changes and become a healthier generation. School communities can play a critical role in developing tools and fostering healthy choices.
- The Center for Disease Control has stated that because of Type II Diabetes, our children are in danger of being the first generation in US history to die younger than its parents.
- Our children are set to inherit a host of challenges including threats to climate change, environmentally linked illness, loss of biodiversity, depletion of natural resources and the end of cheap energy.
- A study done by Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the CDC of a school in New York showed that 80% of the children and or parents changed the way they cooked, ate or shopped because of the school’s food program.
- According to research from the National Institute of Health, kids who eat school breakfast have improved attention, academic performance and overall test scores.