Monday, March 28, 2011

Philadelphia School Fighting Against the Foods Affecting Student Achievement

20 percent of children in the United States are obese. With everyone from Michelle Obama to the parents in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods working to lower the percentage, how are they doing it?

In Philadelphia, William D. Kelley School is fighting against obesity by expelling soda and sweet snacks from their school, while gym teacher, Beverly Griffin, teaches healthy eating using a toy model of the federal food pyramid and rewritten children’s songs.

Amelia Brown, the principal of the kindergarten through eighth grade school, said that deplorable diets caused headaches and stomachaches that undermine academic achievement, and that older students showed a steady progression of flab.

Beyond the efforts at the school itself, Ms. Brown called on parents to help the cause by standing outside corner stores near the school and discouraging students from purchasing their typical sugary snacks.

Read the full article at The New York Times

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