Report cards are out: Schools' obesity efforts are failing parents

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May 21, 2014
Report cards are out: Schools obesity efforts are failing parents

Childhood obesity is a major concern of U.S. adults when it comes to the health of kids in their communities. To help fight obesity, schools have started initiatives to improve school lunches and allow more time for physical activity. 

But are schools’ obesity efforts working? We asked.

In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents to grade the nutrition education, lunches, amount of time for physical activity, and physical education at their children’s schools. Parents with an overweight child were more likely to give their kids’ schools failing grades. Read the full report - Fighting childhood obesity: Are schools passing or failing?

Percentage of Parents Who Give Failing Grades to Their Kids' Schools for Efforts to Fight Childhood Obesity

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Grades looked different depending on the ages of the children. Parents of older children (ages 12-17) were much more likely to give their children’s schools failing grades than parents of younger kids (ages 5-11).

NPCH Director and Pediatrician Dr. Matt Davis discusses these results in this video:

What do you think?:
How are kids’ schools shaping up when it comes to efforts to fight obesity? How would you grade them? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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