Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Promoting Student Health through Healthy Schools

Today’s children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents. This startling statistic is supported by an increasing number of children diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) and type 2 diabetes; chronic conditions usually seen only in adults.
 
Healthy eating and increased physical activity are two of the best ways to protect against chronic diseases. Children need healthy food choices and opportunities for physical activity and schools are a great place to provide both.
 
School Wellness Policies are important tools that can be used to advance the health and safety of children and adolescents. Comprehensive school health policies that are effectively implemented can improve student’s health and academic behaviors and successes.