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Approximately 17% of children and teens age 6 to 19 are overweight, based on 2005-06 data.

Overweight adolescents have a 70% to 80% chance of remaining overweight and becoming obese adults.

Overweight children are likely to have at least one medical complication, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease or sleep apnea (shallow or interrupted breathing).

Excess weight is more common among certain ethnic groups, including Mexican-American and non-Hispanic black children.

A conversation with Richard A. Abramson, M.Ed., Superintendent, School Union 42, Readfield, Maine.

A discussion with Leslie Lytle, Ph.D., R.D., Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota.

The Spring Independent School District serves about 34,000 students in 32 campuses in a diverse and growing district near Houston. The district’s school wellness policy covers nutrition guidelines for foods, nutrition education, physical activity and school-based activities.


Do the kids in your district need to increase their activity levels? Here are five creative ways to get them moving:

--Encourage teachers to include physical activities for students of all abilities in learning exercises, like nature walks and outdoor scavenger hunts.


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Thanks for mentioning in Kurt Dyrli’s blog (Product Posts, Aug. 6, 2008) about “free, open source ? curricula?” As pointed out in Dyrli’s blog, there are challenges to this innovative approach to educational content, most notably:


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