Ten Minutes a Day to Fight Childhood Obesity

HealthDay News reports Wellness, Academics and You (WAY) a new program designed to help schoolchildren lose weight resulted in a two percent reduction in the number of overweight kids. Appearing in the Journal of Obesity Research the pilot study appears promising:

The study also found that students who took part in the Wellness, Academics and You (WAY) program for a semester ate more fruits and vegetables and increased their levels of physical activity--from an average of just under 12 minutes during the school day to 20.5 minutes, and from about 22 minutes a day outside of school to over 37 minutes.

Under the WAY program, students take 10-minute daily classroom breaks to exercise along with a video. Lessons on nutrition, calories, goal setting and stress management are also incorporated into core subjects--math, language arts, science, and social studies.

Check out the WAY homepage.

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Linda - May 23, 2006 9:08 AM

I really like the idea of healthy foods available for children. I love the programs of student gardens where children sow, harvest, and eat what they grow. I wish I had that as a child. What a great start in life to learn that basic skill! That's wonderful.

I remember going to school without breakfast; and, while I did very well despite that, it was just the beginning of bad habits that formed as time went on. I've read children who eat breakfast perform better in school. Ignorance of basic nutrition is terrible. If I had children, I would teach them myself how to grow vegetables and fruit, and make sure they know all I didn't at their age.

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