Closer look at local efforts to stick with dropping obesity rates
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:04:07 GMT —
The CDC reports obesity in children ages two to five went from nearly 14 percent in 2003 and 2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011 and 2012. That is a decline of 43 percent.
Children who are overweight or obese as pre-schoolers are five times as likely as normal weight children to be obese as adults.
That's why schools across the country, like The Early Childhood and Family Center, are making changes to ensure children are getting everything they need, like healthy meals, and time to be active.
ECFC has a policy where each student gets thirty minutes to run, play and have physical activity during that time.
Obesity is measured by the body mass index, and students at the school have it measured two times a year by the school nurse, like Ruth Siebers.
"We sometimes may talk with the teacher and just encourage that they're eating healthy, may encourage some extra exercise, during the school day, and we will contact the parent, and let them talk with the doctor," Siebers said.
Students at the school also have well-balanced meal, and students have warmed up to the healthy food, says Cafeteria Manager Sue Schreacke.
"I think they enjoy the whole grain foods," Schreacke said. "I don't think there's a lot of difference, I mean we haven't seen any difference in the quality of the food. And I think the kids enjoy the fresh fruit and the vegetables. And we try to incorporate that, with them trying new foods."
Though they may be at school, staff members say the hopes the lessons they teach, carries on through the students life.
"Well I hope what we're doing here is reinforcing those things with those kids, I hope so," Schreacke said.
For a full viewing of the CDC's report, you can click here.