Schools Work To Address Childhood Obesity
School districts nationwide are working to encourage children to eat healthier and reduce childhood obesity, the New York Times Magazine reports. For example, school districts have banned junk food from vending machines, added instruction on nutrition into curricula and begun to offer healthier lunch options.
However, according to the NYT Magazine, for "all the menus being defatted, salad bars made organic and vending machines being banned, no one can prove that changes in school lunches will make our children lose weight."
The NYT Magazine profiles the first year of the Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren program in the Osceola County, Fla., School District. The school district implemented the program, which is administered and subsidized by the Agatston Foundation, last year in four elementary schools (Belkin, New York Times Magazine, 8/20).