[PHNUTR-L] Obesity Prevention at School (from CDC)
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Fri May 28 10:45:05 PDT 2004
These tools mentioned below sound useful in our fight to keep the public healthy. More good work from our colleagues at UNC.
Health Services, University of Washington
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Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 09:50:28 -0400
From: Sheree Thaxton <Sheree.Thaxton at ncmail.net>
To: larsson at u.washington.edu
Subject: announcement to post on your listserve
Sarah Kuester at CDC suggested we send this announcement to you to post
on your Public Health Nutritionists list serve.
Obesity Prevention at School: Standards Set for All Food
RALEIGH, N.C., May 27, 2004--Local school officials will have a new tool
for preventing obesity in school children. Three state agencies -- the
North Carolina Division of Public Health, the North Carolina Department
of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Service -- collaborated to forge nutrition standards for all foods kids
might find at school.
"Eat Smart: North Carolina's Recommended Standards For All Foods
Available In School" provides school board members and school
administrators, child nutrition staff, teachers, parents, students and
community leaders a benchmark for ensuring that all foods available to
students during the school day contribute to their nutritional well-being.
"While we teach nutrition in the classroom, that learning remains
theoretical until we give children the opportunity to practice what
they've learned in cafeterias, in after-school programs and in classroom
celebrations," said Lynn Hoggard, a registered dietitian and section
chief of Child Nutrition Services with the state Department of Public
"This means classroom parties, for example, might focus on a fun
activity rather than food. If food is included as part of the
celebration, coordinating with the child nutrition program to offer
fruit with a low-fat yogurt dip, or whole grain pizza loaded with
vegetables, might teach children to try and like new foods, while
limiting sweets and salty snacks, " Hoggard added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2003 awarded the state
Division of Public Health a five-year, nutrition and physical activity
grant to prevent obesity and chronic disease, such as heart disease,
cancer and diabetes, in adults and children. The combination of poor
eating habits and inactive lifestyles will soon overtake tobacco as the
leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a recent article in the
Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Eat Smart School Standards document is one of the tools and programs
that the state-level collaborators are developing to move North
Carolinians toward healthier eating and more active lifestyles.
The Eat Smart School Standards document encourages local education
agencies, with the help of their School Health Advisory Councils, to
write local policies that will address food offered to students in
school parties and celebrations, snacks and beverages available in
vending machines, foods sold as fundraisers and foods sold a la carte in
"Children need to see apples and milk in vending machines," said
Sherée Thaxton, a registered dietitian with the N.C. Healthy Weight
Initiative, and co-author of the Eat Smart School Standards. "They need
to have ready access to fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy. Only two
percent of kids and teens meet the Food Guide Pyramid's recommendations
for these important food groups."
While schools are one avenue for tackling the increasing rates of
child overweight in North Carolina, they cannot work alone to stem the tide.
"Families need to be involved, too," said Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D., with
N.C. Cooperative Extension, and co-author of the standards. "Families
provide an important foundation for healthy eating, and parents are the
primary role models that children and teens look to for guidance in
making smart food choices."
"Eat Smart: North Carolina's Standards For All Foods Available In
School" will be available on May 27th, 2004, online at
Sherée L. Thaxton, MA, RD, LDN
Healthy Weight Initiative Coordinator
Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch
NCDHHS/Division of Public Health
1915 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1915
email: sheree.thaxton at ncmail.net
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