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Friday, May 22, 2009

Schools and Obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Association of State Boards of Education have released a new report to help schools combat obesity in children.  It states,

Schools have many powerful tools at their disposal to serve as one of the primary agents to address the obesity crisis (e.g., access to children for significant amounts of time in their daily lives, mechanisms for education and reinforcement of healthy behaviors, and are portals to accessing the community at large). (footnote deleted)  This policy guide is based on the National Association of
State Boards of Education’s Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: A School Health Policy Guide, a comprehensive document developed in cooperation with the Division of Adolescent and School Health of the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) divided into several chapters addressing various student health needs and the school’s role in addressing those needs.

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