Obesity is a major concern across the globe. With the increasing incidence of obesity in kids and teens, it is essential that strong steps need to be taken so as to protect them from major illnesses. Here are some school guidelines aimed at preventing obesity in adolescents.
With the advent of technology, people are required to move less and most of their activities are done at the click of a button. They spend most of their time sitting, working or studying and seem to be less willing to choose physical activities.
Obesity is on the rise in kids and teens as they spend most of their time studying and watching television or playing computer games. In the last 30 years, the rate of obesity in kids has almost doubled and that in the teens has almost tripled. These figures are alarming and the issue requires immediate attention.
Realizing the severity of this situation, CDC has researched and developed guidelines to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools. These best practices include:
- Developing, implementing and evaluating policies and practices related to healthy eating and physical activities, with a synchronized approach;
- Setting up school environment such that it supports and promotes healthy eating and physical activity;
- Providing a healthy school meal program and ensuring healthy food and beverage choices are made by students;
- Develop and implement a complete physical activity program and laying positive emphasis on physical education;
- Implementing health education, to provide the students with the knowledge, skills and experiences required to lead a healthy and active life;
- Providing mental health, health and social services to the students to address healthy eating, physical activity and disease prevention concerns;
- Partnering with families and community members to develop and implement healthy eating and physical activities practices;
- Developing a school employee wellness program that emphasizes on healthy eating and physical activity for the school workforce;
- Employing qualified experts and providing professional opportunities for mental, physical and health education, nutritional services and the staff members in charge of meal programs, cafeteria and other programs.