05/09/2012 - A coalition of health advocacy groups on Wednesday urged the U.S. government to put more resources into school-based efforts to improve health and fight obesity among youth.
The recommendations by the Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America's Health were backed by more than 70 groups including the American Cancer Society and the National Education Association.
In a report, they urged the Department of Education to offer grants to promote healthy living initiatives, fund staff training to include wellness programs, support school efforts aimed at nutrition and exercise and track results of such programs.
They said wellness should not be "relegated to an occasional health lesson or physical education class - it is part of math, science, lunch and everything in between."
Jessica Donze Black of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, which is not involved in the proposal, said such efforts are critical because school is central to children's lives.
"Kids spend more time there than any other place outside their home ... certainly we want those healthy messages to pervasive throughout the day," she said.
Read the full Reuters' article, Childhood Obesity Target Of Campaign Urging U.S. Government To Improve School Resources For Healthy Students, on The Huffington Post.