DALLAS - Schools should be more aggressive in teaching children about heart disease and the risks of bad diet and little exercise, the American Heart Association has said. 

The call for bolder action in schools follows the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations last month calling for a wide-ranging attack on childhood obesity by involving parents, schools, communities and the government. Estimates are that more than 15% of American children are very overweight, or obese.

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Should students learn about heart disease at a young age, to help reduce childhood obesity rates?
DALLAS - Schools should be more aggressive in teaching children about heart disease and the risks of bad diet and little exercise, the American Heart Association has said.

The call for bolder action in schools follows the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations last month calling for a wide-ranging attack on childhood obesity by involving parents, schools, communities and the government. Estimates are that more than 15% of American children are very overweight, or obese.

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17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 3:44:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 3:45:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think they'd understand it at a young age.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/20/04 - 10:23:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
it depends on how young we are talking about. maybe 4th or 5th grade, but not any younger. my daughter is 6 and has a diabetic classmate. she is aware of the fact the poor child has to have an insulin shot daily and she is very worried about getting the disease herself. although we try to reassure her, she constantly asks about the amount of sugar in everything she eats. she even worries about bread since she has learned it turns into sugar as it breaks down in the body!
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/12/05 - 2:58:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^^^^^^I agree^^^^^^^^ It all depends on the age. Maybe around 12 0r 13 they should be made aware of it. Also they should be taught of the dangers of smoking and doing drugs which should be taught at home also.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/2/05 - 8:38:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it would work better than forcing schools to remove snack machines.
Seriously, letting people know the risks is much more effective than making it harder to get the things that are "risky".
I took snacks to school in my lunch bag.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/1/09 - 10:39:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
We did...we had these weekly coloring/puzzle things called The Body Shop or something that talked about doing drugs, eating unhealthy food, etc. I remember being excited when the teacher got a new shipment in every week.

Does anyone actually remember what those things were called? There was a kid named Tito that was always in it.

13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/1/09 - 10:59:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt it would help.



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