For National School Lunch Week: Childhood Obesity Revealed

This past Monday marked the beginning of National School Lunch Week (NSLW) 2011. According to Sarah Fudin, Social Media and Outreach Coordinator for MAT@USC (the Master of Arts in Teaching program for the University of Southern California), “it’s important that we help students understand where food comes from and the nutritional benefits that go along with the food they consume. During National School Lunch week, the School Nutrition Association, as well as teachers, parents, community members and educators around the country will help highlight to students the benefit that school lunch can provide for kids to grow strong and healthy.”

According to the School Nutrition Association, this year’s NSLW theme, School Lunch – Let’s Grow Healthy provides an opportunity for schools to try something new while promoting locally sourced foods. “From a harvest-of-the-month menu to a school garden to a meet-the-farmer educational presentation, there’s a farm-to-school model or activity that can fit the needs of any school or district!”

In support of the School Lunch – Let’s Grow Healthy theme, MAT@USC has created an infographic on childhood obesity with statistics sharing lifestyle, nutritional, activity-related and consequential facts relating to children. It is an easy to read (and pretty disturbing) cause and effect diagram that shows how we got here and what can happen if we continue.

I think it’s time we started paying attention to childhood obesity… What do you think???

Childhood Obesity Epidemic Infographic
Brought to you by MAT@USC Masters in Teaching

About the Author

Stefanie Zucker is President and co-founder of Pediatric Medical and Managing Director and co-founder of Axios Partners, a strategy consulting firm. After a number of years spent researching the safety issues associated with transporting children on ambulances she became a child health safety advocate and formed Pediatric Safety with a goal of creating a world-wide movement of parents and caregivers inspired to protect the health and safety of kids. Stefanie is a member of the PedSafe Team


4 Responses to “For National School Lunch Week: Childhood Obesity Revealed”

  1. Klara says:

    it is a sad thing, but today young people do not do sports. they only sit in their chairs, while eating pizza and drinking coke. and it keeps them satisfied. and it is not their fault. it is the fault of their education (both parents and school)

  2. I eat lunch with my kid weekly at school and I’m proud to say they have meals so healthy I bring my own half the time!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Whoa. These are unsettling. We try so hard in our family to teach our kids how to be healthy and active.

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