The purpose of the Georgia Eat Smart is to promote good nutrition, physical activity and wellness for k-12 students and their parents. (Barger, 2013) When children become healthy students they also become better students in the classroom. By educating teachers and staff nutrition staff how to teach students to have good eating and physical activity habits will allow the students to make health choices. (Barger,
New Changes to School Lunch Menus Ciera Jimerson Strayer University Dr. Jeff Kersh ENG115 August 19, 2012 One of the biggest epidemics in this country is children being overweight. As adults we are here to guide and educate children on the benefits, and how important it is to keep our bodies healthy. We have created a new menu for school lunches to ensure children are getting more fruits and vegetables. Changing the menus to school lunches will allow children to lead healthier lives and can also increase life expansion. Lack of nutrition can cause obesity, poor academic performance, and an increase in diseases.
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Shopping at local farmers markets or buying certain items in bulk can drastically reduce spending. Parents can prepare healthy meals ahead of time and pre-package them for school and/or for dinner meals. It is also recommended that parents utilize online vitamin shops to save money. The U.S Department of Agriculture (2011) has recently come up with an “Eating on a Budget Plan,” called “The Three P’s.” This provides a great reference to parents with budget concerns. Encouraging children to exercise daily will also go a long way towards alleviating negative symptoms.
All parents can now know that at least while at school, their children are consuming nutritionally-balanced meals. These guidelines will also hopefully assist in addressing the issue of obesity in children that has hit the country like an epidemic. In the USDA press release announcing the new standards, Tom Vilsack, US Agriculture Secretary said, “Improving the quality of the school meals is a critical step in building a healthy future for our kids. When it comes to our children, we must do everything possible to provide them the nutrients they need to be healthy, active, and ready to face the future- today we take an important step towards that goal” (FNS,
By comparison, healthcare spending on obesity is already $147 billion” “Healthcare costs are 42% higher for someone who is obese – that’s over $1,400 each” (Oliver, Killer Facts, para. 2). Obesity and diabetes are on the rise costing continually more money meaning less for other things such as school food programs. If we spent more money on making healthy school lunches we would eventually save money on the cost of healthcare. If we put money into the right causes such as teaching children healthy habits we will cut down on obesity rates and save on future costs of healthcare and reform later
The parents need to set a good example by eating healthy and exercising. They could even invite the child to exercise to get them in a routine. The parent needs to shed light on the positives of being healthy and playing outside to get exercise. The best way to encourage and prevent childhood obesity is as a parent it is imperative to be responsible for their own weight. You cannot expect someone to do something that you can’t do for yourself.
As a community health nurse it is an important aspect to inform the focus group on negative short and long term health effects of obesity in children. The daily food caloric intake, types and amounts of food, eating habits, emphasizing the importance of avoiding junk food that is high in fats and sugar, and daily exercise strategies will be included in the teaching plan. The goal of this presentation is to stress the effects of obesity and provide this focus group with prevention
Annotated Bibliography Pamela Lockett HCS/465 February 16, 2015 Angela Miller, MBA, SSBB Harper, Mary G. MSN, RN (2006) Childhood Obesity: Strategies for Prevention Retrieved from http:/ovidsp.tx.ovid.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com This article discusses that there are children who are overweight and what should be done to help prevent it. One of the ways to help prevent childhood obesity is to change the way they participate in physical activity. It is said that those students (approximately one third) in high school do not participate in gym activities in school or extracurricular physical activites regularly. Also those who live in unsafe neighborhoods or come from homes who parents work spend more time alone and in the house so they get little or no physical activity. The lack of physical activity may put children at risk