Children need our support
The proportion of children who have obesity has increased three-fold since 1976. Changes in our kids’ environments, including schools, have contributed to the increase in childhood obesity. Obesity can impact attendance, academic performance and emotional well-being. Since our children spend up to half of their waking hours in school, it’s an ideal place to not only teach healthy eating habits and active living but also to assure an environment and policies that support healthy behaviors. While schools play a critical role in establishing healthy practices and policies, support from parents, teachers and the greater community are vital for long-term success.
Healthy Schools Working Group
Increase the number of schools that have written and implemented the priority school wellness policies for the Kansas City area.
What’s been accomplished?
In 2012, Weighing In conducted a School Wellness Assessment Study. Forty-six school districts in the Kansas City Metropolitan area participated. Written wellness policies were reviewed and current practice information was gathered through online surveys with school personnel. The data was reviewed by the Healthy Schools Working Group, and eleven priority policies were identified. Resource documents were developed for administrators, teachers and parents. Each of these three guides give details on current policies, why each policy is important, ideas for implementation, as well as a list of related resources.