Oak Creek school fights childhood obesity
Carole Meekins reports.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
CREATED Jul. 29, 2013
OAK CREEK - More than half of obese children in elementary schools have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
But many schools are hoping to combat the problem by teaching kids good habits early. At Children of America Preschool in Oak Creek, kids enjoy healthy treats.
Officials are trying to instill good eating habits at an early age. Becky Young, Director of Programming says, "Children really make their milestones by how they're going to eat, excercise, and react to things by the the early ages of 5. "
Children of America is one of the first childcare centers to integrate wellness into it's curriculum.
Research from the University of Wisconsin finds that 1 of 4 Wisconsin High School Students are overweight or obese. There's also been an increase in the number of adolescents diagnosed with adult illnesses. Doctors note that obese youth are more likely to have sleep apnea, asthma, and orthopedic problems.
But most educational leaders stress that with early learning of good nutrition, such numbers can be reversed. And more kids will have a better chance to become healthy adults.