School Programs Being Placed for a Healthier Future
Many of the programs that have been advocated by politicians when they are running for a position aren’t put into play once they are in office but there are programs being put into action, by other individuals, to help better children’s health. Michelle Obama started a program called Let’s Move where their goal is “giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices; providing healthier foods in our schools; ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food; and, helping children become more physically active.” Back in 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created the HealthierUS School Challenge where the recognize schools who have met the following criteria: food quality, participation in meal programs, physical activity, physical education, and nutrition education. Mayors and local officials are always urged to take place in this challenge to help make the kids healthier and more active. Another program that has recently been put into place in the city of Chicago is Space to Grow. Space toa Grow is an organization where they work with each particular school to create a schoolyard that is unique to each community. They provide environments that make it enjoyable for the children to go outside and enjoy the fresh air and play games with each other. These type of programs demonstrate the importance of living an active lifestyle to these many young kids. This unique program brings in funds from the Chicago Department of Water Management, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and Capital funds. This leads us to think well is legislation doing anything about this health epidemic? Back in 2010 the Hunger -Free Kids Act was passed. With this act, legislation “authorizes funding and sets policy for USDA’s core child nutrition programs,” such as that of school lunches. This act allowed schools to improve the nutrition it was giving to many of its students. It not only made it easier for schools to provide their students with healthier lunches but also overall promotes student wellness. The Hunger- Free Kids Act establishes national nutrition standards not only with school lunches but also with what is being sold at vending machines. These programs and acts have been shown to be great improvements to ending child obesity. They are definitely the step in the right direction but more can be done. There are definitely more ideas for actions to be placed but the question is who is willing to push for it?