National K-12 Education
Ryan Dee, Spencer Whatcott, Josh Noz

1. How are kids getting to school?- Ryan Dee

The trend in walking and biking to school has gone down since 1969. About 90% of kids who lived about within a mile ofexternal image how-kids-get-to-school-2009.png
school walked or biked in 1969 but in 2004 only about 48% walked or biked school at least one day a week. Studies show that less educated families exercise less. Also, parents that are richer tend to have cars so they take their kids to school and they say it is safer to get a ride to school. Another factor is that suburban and rural areas are having streets without sidewalks and only older urban areas have sidewalks.
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In the 1990's more than 90 percent of kids who lived within a mile of school walked or biked to school and now only 30 percent. Kids who are driven to school have a 40 times chance higher of dying in a car accident than being molested on their way school. 30 percent of traffic is do to driving kids to school. The trend in waliking and bicycling to school has gone down signifcantly and child obesity has increased significantly.
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Most parents are afraid of their children being abducted. Children face 40 times greater risk of being killed in a car accident on the way to school than being molested while walking to school.30% of daily morning driving is driving kids to school. Between 1976 and 2006, child obesity tripled. 1960's more than 90% of the kids walked or biked to school and now only 30%. Kids don't get much excercise now anyway.

2. How are School Lunches affecting kids in school today?

Josh Noz
(Josh Noz)
Chocolate Milk Makeover?
Nutritionist say that chocolate milk is a good snack for students. But others have said that chocolate milk can be a cause obesity problems in schools and also is contributing to the childhood obesity crisis. Some studies have showed that most students will always select milk if it has a flavor and always skip regular milk. Parents have started to become concerned about there kids and thinking about the amount of sugar that they will be getting at school. The New chocolate milk in schools will have 38% less sugar than the previous chocolate milk. A study occurred on some students about the new milk that has been put and their are statistics being taken on the new milk...,,20410518,00.html
(Josh Noz)
Why Healthy School Meals Matter?
School meals matter according to any teacher thats say children who lack proper nutrition have trouble focusing in school. Research has shown that kids that eat nutritious meals every day an have an active lifestyle have tended to excel more in school. Our Schools are on the front line of efforts to improve school meals. The importance of school meals is underscored by the current state of the health and nutrition of our nations youth. 1 out of 3 children are overweight or obese. by improving school meals we are also helping kids to be better equipped to feed their minds.
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Should your kid bring lunch to school or buy?
Lots of people such as Michelle Obama to Jamie Oliver have been talking about the terrible food that is being served at schools to the students. Health conscious parents are starting to have a dilemma between having there kid buy school food or bring lunch from home. its become a tough decision. And the best choose is to just have you r kid bring lunch to school. Some good things about bringing lunch to school would be a control on portions, not always the same thing, can have organic natural food, and can use leftovers from last nights dinner.

3. Are kids staying sufficiently active to maintain a healthy weight?,,20411623,00.html

Staying active is essential to a child's health. Activity helps to prevent both heart disease and diseases revolving around obesity. A recent study has shown that obese children and teens have as much plaque build up as does a forty-five year old adult. Adults want the best for their children, and here are five things that can be done to help kids stay healthy and avoid issues surrounding obesity.

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Outdoor activities: Activities outdoors help to make kids excited to move around. Set aside time during the week for a planned activity that encourages them to be active.

Classes: Taking classes at local fitness centers with your children can educate your children on the importance of physical activity.

Redo your Family Room: Family rooms often are the center of laziness in a home. The TV, video game consoles, and movies encourage kids to be lazy and not be physically active. Providing restrictions on these can result in more physical activity.

Make Chores Active: Chores are an essential part of the home, but they can be made more fun and active through a few simple ideas. Hold competitions to help the kids want to work faster. Also, you can play music that can help them to move around and get their bodies moving.

Meal Plan:Families that eat healthier tend to have healthier habits regarding exercise. Get the entire family involved so they learn how to make healthy foods.

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In today’s world, one in three children and teenagers are classified as obese. Obesity can lead to many different kinds of disease and health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, bone/joint problems, and asthma. However, as terrible as these problems are, these are not the only affects that obesity has on children and teens. Obesity can lead kids to having a low self-esteem, a negative body image, and even depression. Various causes that can lead to obesity are:
  • Busy family life causing families to eat fast food more
  • Easy access to unhealthy food
  • Bigger food portions at restaurants
  • More time spent on computer and video games than outside activities
  • Less physical education programs at school

Limiting these causes through strict and dedicated effort will greatly decrease the chance of obesity. Parents can help by always expressing love towards their children. However, be consciously involved in helping your child.

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Prevention is the easiest way to stay free of obesity. It is much easier to never have a problem with obesity, than to try and correct obesity. The most common way to prevent obesity is to stay active. Even the small, simple things can help, such as walking short distances instead of driving. Going to the gym and using the facilities there can be helpful. You can work multiple muscles in one place. A health club can be a great way to learn essentials needed to fight obesity, as well as meeting others who have similar goals in mind.
Eating healthy will not only reduce your fat intake, but will enable you to be more physically active. The healthier you eat, the more your body will be able to function and it will perform much better while exercising. Exercising also makes one happier. It releases endorphins that make people happy. Self-esteem is essential in fighting obesity. Therefore, exercising and staying active is also an essential part of preventing obesity.

  • The trend in walking and biking to school has drastically decreased since 1969. The increase in obesity rates has increased, with a direct comparison between the decrease in walking to school and the increase in childhood obesity.
  • School lunches, and specifically chocolate milk, are very unhealthy kids who eat them. Many preservatives have been added to decrease the health content in these products. This leads to childhood obestiy as well as an increased problem in the attention span of children.
  • Staying physically active is a key component of fighting against the rising trends in obesity rates. It helps self-esteem, bodily functions, and the maintaining of a healthy weight. Physical activity is the most simple and logical way to prevent obesity.
  • From our research, kids in the education system need to take preventitive measures when fighting obesity. Staying active by walking to school or other extracurricular activites will protect them from the damaging effects of the unhealthy school lunches.

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