Healthy habits begin at a young age. Two California preschools have realized this and introduced nutritional programs “which use music, stories and crafts to teach [kids] about healthy eating. Parents will also receive monthly newsletters with recipes and tips.” The LA Times article also reports that the obesity rate has started to stabilize in California schools due to increased efforts to control obesity in schools.
The childhood obesity rate has also stabilized in the U.S. overall, due to more awareness on the issue. Programs like Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign encourage exercise and food & nutrition education for children. It is vital that this education be implemented not just at home, but in more schools as well. Encouraging more gym time, and teaching about the importance of not skipping meals (i.e. breakfast), getting enough sleep, etc., and the effects of bad habits like TV watching on health would do some good.
Other schools have found innovative ways to promote health. Recent examples are DC kids who are learning to grow and eat healthy food, and the Hotchkiss School (of which I am a proud alumn, and trustee) in Connecticut where students farm and eat their own food.