Childhood Obesity and Fast Food; A New Link

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

Childhood obesity is on the rise all across the nation and now a new study shows where your child's school is located may put them at more of a risk.

For many high school students lunch time is a time to socialize and take a break from their studies and for many of them it's a time to get off campus. A new study out of UC Berkley shows that this is a growing trend and it's increasing the odds of child hood obesity. The study shows that teens who attend school closer to fast food restaurants are 5.2% more likely to be obese than their peers whose schools are further away from the temptations of a quarter pound burger.

With schools like Grand Junction High within walking distance of several fast food chains, District 51 officials have good reason to be concerned. They want to ensure that they are doing the best that they can to prevent obesity rates from increasing by promoting healthy eating and active living. So this year the district is trying a new approach to lure students to eat a better lunch. The main intent is to provide healthier options for the kids.

Set up just outside the cafeteria is a separate kiosk with healthier food, drinks and snacks. students can choose from Items like whole grain sandwiches, yogurt and smoothies. The plan is to give students more and healthier options and get them to stay on campus and so far it's been a great success.

Officials hope the healthy kiosk along with more nutrition education will help curb students urges to fill their appetites with foods linked to obesity. Click on the link below to learn more about the Live Well Program.


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