Oregon State University Extension Service Combats Childhood Obesity Through New Program in Rural Schools

In *All, Nutrition & Health, Youth, Family, & Communities by Courtney

The children’s obesity epidemic in America stretches to all ends of the country, including rural communities. Oregon State University Extension Service is determined to make a change with their new toolkit that aims to help teachers engage rural Oregon youth in healthier lifestyles.

The Balanced Energy Physical Activity Toolkit integrated fitness and nutrition concepts through education and activity, providing teachers with programs for before, during, or after school to get kids moving. The toolkit can be modified for any age group, and includes ways to integrate physical activity into existing lesson plans. Their goal isn’t to build strength, endurance, or physical skills, but to increase children’s knowledge and improve their habits when it comes to healthful eating and physical activity.

To learn more about the toolkit and its components, read more here.

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