Rational For health and fitness in Schools

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A Rationale for the Development of Better Fitness and Nutrition in Schools There are an estimated three hundred million people worldwide that are over and another seven hundred and fifty million that are overweight due to poor nutritional habits and lack of physical activity. Presently, sixty percent or 97 million adults in the United States are overweight and obese and thirteen percent or nine million children. Over the past three decades the U.S. childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschoolers. West Virginia consistently ranks within the top three for obesity rates. Everyone is becoming unhealthier and more overweight each day by their lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Almost 65% of West Virginians do not maintain a healthy weight and one in four are considered obese. Alarmingly, 85,000 k-12 aged students are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Being overweight and obese also puts children at risks for health problems later on in life and also may cause them to die. Approximately 40 % of children born after 2000 will have these problems due to their unhealthy lifestyles. Schools have also cut down on the amount of physical education taught in schools; because of this many students are living a more sedentary lifestyle which only increases their chances of becoming obese. If we can mandate 5 healthy meals a day along with at least an hour of vigorous activity each day then maybe we can reduce the numbers. My goal for, Mandatory fitness and Nutrition in schools throughout West Virginia, is to decreases the in evidence of childhood obesity through a planned nutritional and physical activity program. (enter what to be gained here-objectives-). This program will be successful because it will teach children the right eating and exercise habits to live a healthy lifestyle which in turn then leads to a

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