September can signify different things to many people. For students, it’s time for them to go back to school. For others, September feels like a second chance for people to rebuild healthy habits.
Here are some numbers and articles to inspire you to take action in creating healthy habits for your family/student’s life.
Researchers used cameras to find out if students are actually eating fruit required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. It turns out that most students may put the fruit on their trays, but are throwing them away even before they take a seat. Since students are now throwing away more food, it is increasing waste by approximately 35 percent according to the study.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 732,000 early deaths are prevented because of children who were vaccinated between 1994 and 2013. You can read more about the details of the report on The New York Times.
That’s the amount of calories American teenagers are receiving from fast food according to the CDC. For children between the ages of 2 and 11, junk food made up 9 percent of their calories.
What can we do this new academic year, to encourage healthier habits for families and our students?