Some students enter the Edgewood school system at the age of three and exit the school system at the age of eighteen. During this time the students consume around 360 meals a year (breakfast and lunch). That is a lot of food. In light of the current obesity rates, is the school district using this opportunity to help steer the students toward a healthy lifestyle? What more can we do?
Our cafeteria staff at Memorial does a great job in preparing the food that they are given. I checked out the health scores from the San Antonio Health Department and in the last four years our cafeteria had four perfect health scores. Way to go! But, are we doing enough?
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for June 17, 2011 reported that nationwide only 15.3% of high schools students met the AHP 2010 objectives for aerobic activity.
Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years. They stated that in 2008, over one third of children and adolescents were overweight.
Okay, so we do not exercise enough and we are overweight. This is a big problem. These behaviors will lead to numerous health risks and will reduce our quality of life. What can our school do to help reverse these trends?