Childhood obesity and its long-term effects on growing children has become a critical issue in the United States. Studies show that overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
Schools alone cannot solve the childhood obesity crisis, but they can support more healthy school environments and play an important role in educating children about good nutrition and the importance of physical activity.
One opportunity is for classroom teachers to integrate physical activity and nutrition information into the core curriculum. The Williamsburg/James City County School Health Initiative Program (SHIP) has created hundreds of action-based lessons that are correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning. The program is based on a train-the-trainer model and was implemented in the Franklin, Isle of Wight, and Suffolk school systems with support from the Obici Healthcare Foundation.