This year I’ve joined my neighbor as a health and wellness committee chair at my kids’ school. At first I kind of dreaded the job–like everyone, I’m overscheduled and the last thing I need is to be on another committee. But now that we’re discussing potential plans, I’m pretty excited. We all know that childhood obesity numbers are growing, so anything to help keep kids healthy is a worthy cause.
A few of the things we are looking into for this year:
- Restarting a weekly recess walking program
- Putting healthy living tips into the school newsletter
- Suggesting five-minute exercise breaks throughout the day–recess times continue to shrink nationwide and my kids’ school is no exception.
- Putting together a training plan for families doing the school’s 5k this March.
- Finding a way to promote healthier lunch habits
I’m fortunate to be in an area that for the most part, does embrace fairly healthy living. I’m close to DC here and thus have a county full of type As, which means that runners and triathletes are a dime a dozen. This in turn carries over to the kids around here. Still, it doesn’t hurt to promote healthy habits in the schools as well, a practice I believe we as a nation fail.
If you’re interested in helping fight childhood obesity, be sure to swing by Cook, Train, Eat, Race, where Jason has a fundraising campaign going to do just that.
Do your local schools help keep kids active and healthy?