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Every Kid Healthy Week: Ohioans Working to Keep Our Youth Healthy!

by Michelle Z. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 22nd-26th is Every Kid Healthy Week. Every Kid Healthy Week is a national health observance focused on the nation’s problem of childhood obesity as well as its solutions: sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs.  Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. However, there’s good news: obesity can be stopped.

Did you know that Ohio is one of only two remaining states to still not have state Health Education Standards? While many of Ohio's schools may be providing quality instruction, there is no guarantee. All other core subjects in Ohio have standards that provide a framework for quality instruction so, in this time of rising obesity, tobacco use and the many other health issues facing our children, why would we risk shortchanging their health education? Let Ohio's decision-makers know you think our kids deserve the best health education we can provide!

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