Did you know that the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the US has nearly tripled since the early 1970’s? More than one in five children between the ages of 6 and 17 are now considered overweight.
Childhood obesity has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and poor academic performance. Teachers have a unique opportunity to instill lifelong health and fitness habits in students through nutritional education, gym activities, yoga, and even purposeful play at recess. Many schools, however, lack the basic equipment needed to bring these initiatives to life.
Balls, books, juggling kits, and even heart rate monitors are some of the things teachers need to help their students learn about staying fit and healthy. The good news is that you can help bring these supplies to a classroom through DonorsChoose.org!
With your support, students can develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Check out all the great projects from teachers passionate about health and fitness.