Leading A Healthy Lifestyle: Targeting The Youth

11 November 2012, 01:02 | Posted under by Tatiana

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In kids health news, childhood obesity has more then tripled over the past 30 years. Obese youth are more likely to have high risk factors for health problems. A healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating and physical activity can greatly lower the risks of becoming obese and developing health problems.
Schools are now putting their foot down and changing their bad habits on campus. They are taking out their vending machines that have soda and replacing them with water or juice. Vending machines with junk food now contain more healthy snacks by replacing chips with baked chips and taking out candy and putting in fruit snacks. Another approach is the Physical Education provided in schools.
Trying to get kids to participate in Physical Education is like pulling teeth. They either have their class early in the morning right when they woke up or in the afternoon where they have to run in the heat of the afternoon. In order to get kids to participate, teachers need to create fun, active and inclusive activities rather then the traditional PE classes. This is a true solution to the growing problem of overweight and obese children.
Free PE resources for teachers will be available where they can get monthly newsletters that offer teaching tips, support and grant information. They can get a hold of lesson plans for each program to keep their student’s active and willing to participate in the physical activities.
Passion for physical activities and fighting child obesity can only go so far, it takes more then the desire to make it happen, and it takes money. Creating an area to provide you with all the resources and physical fitness grants will help you to obtain the funds you need to make this happen. Many online sites prove a Grant Finder Tool, which allows you to search for grants by location and program of interest. Look for PEP Grant Information in your area if your school/district is looking to apply for any specific grant.
Source: http://www.articleonlinedirectory.com/487437/leading-a-healthy-lifestyle-targeting-the-youth.html

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