Physical Activity & Physical Education
Schools play an important role in helping children lead active, healthy lives. By requiring active participation in daily physical education classes, providing activity breaks throughout the day, and supporting walking and bicycling to school, schools can increase students’ physical activity.
Even if students eat a healthy lunch, research shows they often still consume excess calories from a la carte items their cafeteria might serve. That’s why replacing junk foods, sugary drinks and high-fat milks with healthier options is critical for improving children’s diets and reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.