Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Academy Promotes School Wellness Plans to Combat Childhood Obesity

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Academy Promotes School Wellness Plans to Combat Childhood Obesity

Article excerpt

NLC's first-ever leadership academy on city-school strategies to combat childhood obesity through school wellness plans will take place in Nashville, Tenn., during the week of Jan. 29, 2007.

The leadership academy will be hosted by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The leadership academy will focus on the implementation of federally mandated school wellness policies as tools for addressing childhood obesity. All school districts participating in federal school lunch or breakfast programs are now required to develop and implement school wellness plans that address nutrition and physical activity.

Today, one-third (33.6 percent) of American children and adolescents are either obese or at risk of becoming obese, according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Health problems arising from childhood obesity include heart attack and stroke, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Municipal leaders interested in forging stronger partnerships with schools around the growing childhood obesity epidemic will be given a unique opportunity to learn and network with officials from cities and schools across the country.

Selection Criteria

Two-person teams composed of one elected city official or senior municipal staff person and one superintendent or assistant superintendent may apply to attend the leadership academy. …

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