The facts have been presented so many times that you might wonder if anyone is listening. Our children are at risk. They are overweight and becoming obese at an alarming rate, and the forecast for the future is not good. The positive news is that there are now schools fighting childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last thirty years, and the percentage of children ages 6-11 who are obese has gone from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2010.
It is well known that overweight or obese children are more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and several types of cancer. None of this information is new. It has been out here for some time, but too many children still lead sedentary lifestyles rooted in computers and video games.
Any viable program that attempts to educate and help turn the tide is a welcome intervention. The Energy Balance 101 plan might could become one of the programs that is used in schools fighting childhood obesity.
Energy Balance 101
Energy Balance 101 is the result of a coupling between the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, the National Association of Sports and Physical Education, and Discovery Education. The purpose of the Energy Balance Program is to assist teachers and parents in promoting nutrition and physical fitness among children.
Using the Discovery Education information network, Energy Balance 101 will be available to 21,000 elementary schools throughout the United States and to over 1 million teachers. The program is presented to children in a straightforward and easy to understand way that is free of confusing jargon. In addition, Energy Balance 101 is available online for free.
Lesson plans, resources, and appropriate videos areused to educate children in grades K-5.
How Energy Balance 101 Works
Energy Balance 101 is divided into four learning modules with each one customized for grades K-2 and 3-5.
Module 1 is an introduction to Energy Balance and educates children about the choices they need to make in order to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
Module 2 Energy In: helps to educate students to make logical and confident decisons about their health.
Module 3 Physical Activity: explores the energy out portion of the Energy Balance Scale and teaches students about the benefits of being active.
Module 4 Ready, Set, Balance: shows students how to apply the Energy Balance concept to their own lives.
Schools Fighting Childhood Obesity
The objects of the program for grades K-2 are to introduce students to the concept of energy balance, formulate ideas about energy sources and how to use them, identify how the program contributes to an active and healthy lifestyle, and play a game that will balance calories from food and drinks with calories used during physical activities.
The objectives for grades 3-5 are to once again introduce the concept of Energy Balance 101 and to formulate ideas about energy sources and how to use them. In addition, students will share examples of their own energy in and out.
Find about the Healhty Weight Commitment Foundation, the CEO-led foundation behind the Energy Balance 101 program. Read “Food and Beverage Industry’s Campaign to Fight Obesity”
To learn how to get your child’s school involved as one of the schools fighting childhood obesity with the Energy 101 program, please visit the Together Counts website.
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