Save the Children's Physical Activity & Nutrition Program
Photo courtesy of Save the Children
Did you know . . .
- Being overweight can give you heart problems, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
- The number of kids with unhealthy weight gain has tripled over the past 35 years.
- Just $5 could buy more than six children a healthy snack at school!*
Healthy habits start early. Some poor children in rural areas have eating habits that may put them on the path to an unhealthy weight, which can lead to conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Over the past 35 years, the percentage of children with an unhealthy weight has increased three times — clearly a health crisis for America's children.
Save the Children has developed a program to promote healthy habits among poor kids. Since fewer and fewer schools are offering physical education and recess, we provide kids 30 minutes of physical activity — time to run around, have fun, and get fit. We also help kids develop a taste for healthy snacks by providing carrots and apples instead of the junk food that is often more readily available. Kids in our programs have even begun to ask their parents to buy healthier snacks, showing that the program is working.
*This is just an example of what $5 could buy — it could help in many different ways!