7 Facts on Childhood Obesity and 7 Things Teachers Can Do

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There is a crisis in education today and it;s not just about testing and test scores, it's about number all right: How much our students weigh and how high it their rate of diabetes. www.theRTC.net

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7 Facts on Childhood Obesity and 7 Things Teachers Can Do

  1. 1. Seven Facts about Childhood Obesity And Seven Things Teachers Can Do About It! 7
  2. 2. From the course: “Creating Health and Balance in Today’s Classroom” Course Design: Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala PowerPoint: James Gilbert
  3. 3. Children and activity • 1 in 4 children gets at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. • 75% get less than 20 minutes of vigorous activity every day. 30
  4. 4. Overweight children are prone to negative psychosocial effects such as isolation and depression. 32
  5. 5. 9 million children ages 6 – 19 are considered overweight. 33
  6. 6. Over the past 20 years, incidence of being overweight has nearly tripled among adolescents. 34
  7. 7. From the Center for Disease Control . . . • 1 out of 3 children born in the year 2000 in America will develop diabetes • 1 out of 2 Black or Hispanic children will develop diabetes! 36
  8. 8. Every Teacher as a Teacher of Supportive Nutrition 1. Be a role model! (Kids may not listen to what we say, but they never fail to imitate us.) 2. Educational Brochures for Parents 3. Guidelines for healthy snacks and parties 4. Lesson plans based on supportive nutrition 5. Year-long center with changing curriculum dealing with nutrition (a place where students can go to learn about food when they have completed in-class assignments, etc.) 6. Decorate wall space with nutrition information (posters, bulletin boards, etc.) 7. Have a nutrition discussion with parents on “Back to School Night” or “Open House.” What’s your idea?37

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