Gold Medal School in Ill. Takes on a Hefty Task--Reversing Obesity

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

No cupcakes here! An Illinois school is shaping a healthier future for their students and is determined to fight obesity. Everyone goes to the gym — every day.

In the middle of America's heartland, a small public school, Northeast Elementary Magnet School has become the first elementary school in the country to receive that award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The Alliance was founded by the American Heart Assocation and the William J. Clinton Foundation to reduce childhood obesity. Only two other schools have taken the gold.

The cafeteria here serves fresh fruit and veggies, low-fat or no-fat milk, no sodas or fried foods and no gooey desserts. There are no sweets on kids' birthdays and food is never used as a reward. Teachers wear pedometers and parents have to sign a contract committing to the school's healthy approach.

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