Children Show Progress in State’s Obesity Battle via MSU
The month of September was National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and in Mississippi, the ongoing effort against childhood obesity is showing some promising results. Recently released statistics show a steady decline in childhood obesity rates from 2009-2013. Down from 18% to 15%, experts at the Mississippi State University Extension Service are encouraged by the educational efforts and adjustments schools have made in both physical fitness programs and school lunches. As part of a larger statewide effort, public schools have mandated 150 minutes per week of exercise for kindergarten to eighth grade students, while high school students are required to complete 70 hours of a physical education in order to graduate. MSU Extension Service members are encouraging parents to set healthy eating habits for their children, limit their screen-time, and promote outdoor activities when they are away from school as well.