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AIR DATE: May 18, 2012

Almost twenty-five percent of Nevada adults are overweight or obese.  And a new study from UNLV shows that this is starting at a very early age.  According to the study, almost one in three kids start kindergarten overweight or obese.  What can we do to change this?  Are schools doing enough to promote physical activity? And how does this hurt a child's ability to perform in the classroom?
 
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Monica Lounsbery, PhD, Chair, Dept of Sports Education Leadership, UNLV
Gayle Thomssen, Obesity Prevention Program Coordinator,
Nevada State Health Division, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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When we were young, our parents were living for work at most 30 mn before we went to school and came back about 1 hour after, we could cook together healthier meals. Nowadays, I have a kid leaving the house at 6:15 in the morning, one kid at 8:30. I come back from work at 7:00 pm, I whipped what I can, not what we all want... As well a tax on snack is not a solution as all our food is precessed and with additives, salt and sugar in unreasonable amount. Then tax all food. Why not give 30 mn more to kids of playground time in elementary schoold during the day, so they get to run and have fun outside and get the activity they miss from home? if not, get PE back, open the schools after hours and let the PTA be in charge of 15 mn daily physical activities right before going home (in five days that's an added 1:15 of real exercise).
PatMay 17, 2012 11:06:59 AM
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