SA schools combat obesity pred­ictions for Texas

Study predicts nearly 60% of Texans will be obese by 2030

SAN ANTONIO - An annual study called “F as in Fat," produced by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is predicting a harsh future for Texans who don’t reduce their body mass index through better nutrition and exercise habits.

The analysis shows 57.2 percent of adults in Texas could by obese by the year 2030, which is nearly double the statistic for 2011.

Furthermore, the study shows that by reducing the average BMI for nearly 1.8 million people by just five percent, $54.1 billion in health care costs could be saved.

Local school districts are working hard to do their part to stop children from following this track, offering education in more interactive ways to make an impact on kids and their parents.

At Cambridge Elementary School, in the Alamo Heights School District, physical education teachers have begun a unique program called “Share the Health."

Weekly lessons are taught on health issues and those lessons go home to the parents for discussion and proof they have seen the subject matter.

PE teacher Beth Murguia introduced the program and says it’s already made an impact on the kids, and she’s gotten good feedback from parents as well on the lesson plan.

“They go home with the children so the message that they are getting go home and is passed onto the families as well. It's involving the whole community,” said Murguia.

Other interactive programs implement exercise, such as monthly fun runs for both children and their parents in the evening. 

She says turnout has been surprisingly good this year, perhaps a sign that the education is reaching beyond the gym.

Murguia said, “Not only is it about exercise, but it's also the choices we make in what we eat. If we can educate, we can make a bit difference.”

It begins early on. 

For example, first graders are given an opportunity to take home a stuffed bear called “Buddy” who is photographed being active with the children, as well as siblings and their parents.

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