Childhood obesity is something that threatens the health of American youth and their future potential. Today, nearly one in three young people are either obese or overweight, putting them at higher risk for serious, even life-threatening health problems.
There is hope though and schools are a great place to start! Students receive up to 50 percent of their daily calories at school, making it the ideal environment to model healthy eating habits. Schools are offering fruits and vegetables, serving whole grains, and reducing the presence of unhealthy competitive foods throughout the day.
If this epidemic is not reversed, the current generation of young people could be the first in U.S. history to live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.
NEA Healthy Futures’ Bag the Junk program provides resources to help schools and student health advocates take the next steps. Use the topic tabs below to explore success stories, policy and program ideas, research, and coalitions to begin strengthening your local healthy school nutrition efforts.