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School nutrition is becoming a top priority in schools today. Schools all around the country are throwing out the junk food and replacing it with low-calorie fruit snacks and baked chips. Some high schools have even gone as far as closing the campus for lunch, forcing students to eat in the cafeteria. The reason for all this is the growing problems with teenage obesity. Statistics say that teenagers today are the most obese generation for the past twenty years.

So this seems like a good idea however when young adults aren’t given the opportunity to make the right decision who’s to say they will make it at home when they can have any kind of snack they want. Not leaving any ? junk food’ for the kids to make their own decision is not going to help them make healthy decisions in the long run. The only way for kids to learn how to make the nutritional choice is by giving them information as well as options and teaching the importance of exercise. This year New Mexico schools got rid of most if not all junk food.

Junk food meaning food that is mainly just sugar and full of empty calories. Soda was also cast out of schools, with bottled water and juice as it’s replacement. Leaving no room for students to make their own healthy decisions at school. Instead the decision is already made for them. Schools also recommend that the fight against obesity needs to continue at home. But if you’re living with adults who don’t make healthy choices themselves that can’t really happen. I think that by giving the kids choices they learn what’s healthy for them.

Instead of just saying this is bad you can’t have it while you’re at school but go home and you can get it from your refrigerator. If the fight started at an earlier stage like elementary school with instruction on what’s good for you and what isn’t, students would be more inclined to make healthier choices at an advanced age. Some schools are taking the ? healthy lifestyle’ to the next level. In Arkansas educators voted to measure their students BMI Index (Body Mass Indicator) and sending it home to the parents with a note.

So their basically saying in case you didn’t already know your kid is overweight. Bake sales are also being hit with a blow. No longer can you sell cookies and other sugary desserts in Tennessee schools. Other districts are offering reimbursement to schools if they serve healthier snacks in the cafeteria such as trail mix or yogurt. Schools are also getting more funding if they support changing their nutritional guidelines to healthier ones. Districts opting to close high school campuses for lunch are finding out it’s a bit more difficult than they thought.

Since the high school population is so great they’ve had to alter their class schedule and offer two lunch periods which fluxgates for students. One day their eating at 10:30 another at 12:00 which isn’t good for their metabolism and contributes to the problem they’re trying to resolve. Taking out vending machines and changing nutritional guidelines of school lunches isn’t going to change teenage obesity anytime soon. Schools need to offer more physical education and stress the importance of exercise.

At Las Cruces High only one credit of physical education is required. However you don’t even have to take the P. E. class provided by the school you can take a summer course that’s only three weeks or you can be like me and take it by online correspondence. Schools didn’t take the early initiative to help kids be healthier, and now students are paying for it by having our choices limited with little or no explanation. A study was conducted with third graders of what they were most likely to select when given choices, 100% of them chose entrees with milk.

Does that sound familiar to what they’re served in the cafeteria for lunch? If schools educate kids at an earlier age about eating healthy they are more likely to get through to them when they’re older. Also when physical education is looked at merely as a required credit rather than a informative class the school has a problem. I’m not saying offering healthy alternatives is a bad thing but when that’s the only choice you have many students don’t make the choice at all and just wait until they get home or bring it with them.

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