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Letter: Better health education needed to fight childhood obesity

Fight childhood obesity with education

1:48 PM, Oct. 29, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: Lack of health education for our children in grade school and high school is playing a factor in the increased rate of child obesity. Nearly 20 percent of children are obese, and that number needs to be reduced significantly.

Children need more classes in school that not only tell them how to exercise right but also how to eat right, and classes that explain to them exactly what bad foods do to their bodies. Having only one or two mandatory classes is not enough! Additional mandatory health classes will expand their knowledge and help them make healthier decisions in their daily routine. They will also help kids think twice about what foods can be beneficial to their health and which ones won't be.

You can help! Call your child's or your community's school and encourage it to devote a little money to adding more mandatory health classes to the curriculum.

You can help improve our children's knowledge about being active and staying healthy, which will only help them later on in life.

Hannah Michlig,

Mosinee

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