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Childhood obesity task force releases 14 recommendations

Posted April 19, 2010
Updated April 20, 2010

— A Legislative Task Force announced 14 recommendations Monday to curb childhood obesity in North Carolina.

Among the suggestions is making evidenced-based fitness testing part of every K-8 physical education class. The In-School Prevention of Obesity and Disease (IsPOD) software program would be used to measure and track student fitness performance.

“We applaud the task force’s decision to support evidence-based fitness testing. This is a step in the right direction. We are confident the task force’s position to advocate for statewide policy change, combined with our organization’s execution of the IsPOD program, will provide a powerful impact in the fight against obesity,” Dr. Ron Morrow, IsPOD co-founder and executive director of the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, said in a statement.

(Read more about the In-School Prevention of Obesity and Disease (IsPOD) initiative.)

The evidence-based fitness testing proposal and 12 other measures to reduce childhood obesity will go before the North Carolina General Assembly in this summer’s short session.

If the proposal becomes law, every K-8 student in the state could begin participating as early as the 2011- 2012 school year.


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  • Raleighite Apr 21, 2010

    My second grade daughter was going through her lunch money much quicker than I thought she should be...come to find out she was buying ice cream sandwiches everyday. Schools really shouldnt sell dessert, who eats dessert with lunch?

  • readme Apr 21, 2010

    Cut the carbs a little more in the school lunches and allow for a couple of recesses. Candy and soda machines get eviction notices. The rest is up to the parents. No expensive studies or testing needed.

  • chargernut69 Apr 21, 2010

    How about the problem with obesity that is a real issue.... Get all the sex offenders and pedophiles off the streets so that our children can ride bikes, walk, etc. by them selves without parents driving them all over the place.

    When I grew up in the late 60's, I went by myself on my bike almost everywhere. Mommy and daddy did not drive me around.

    Get all the perverted garbage off the internet and start executing all these pedophiles, maybe things can turn around....

  • Phlebotomia Apr 20, 2010

    Here is a crazy idea...How about putting recess and PE back into the schools. My 10yr is made to sit all day in the same room. Lunch is even served to the Trailer they learn in.. They get NO recess and PE is like 1 a week... As it is they get little to no lunch now (portion sizes)... To me seeing what is served for lunch is not too much the problem as to the children sitting all day in the same chair....

  • sail Apr 20, 2010

    Here's an article that reveals what kids are getting in their
    schools lunches... SUGAR.


    how about we fix that instead of buying new software and adopting flashy new programs?

  • Smedley Apr 20, 2010

    Which NC Democrat owns the company, works for the company, or consults for the company that makes this IsPOD program.

  • wcumom Apr 20, 2010

    What the gubmint needs to worry about is our tax dollars being spent on these kids whose Mom's have EBT cards to feed them with and are allowed to buy candy,chips,ice cream,etc. Maybe that's what they should be worrying about!

  • Hans Apr 20, 2010

    "why is the gov't getting into this.."

    Because that's what government does. It gets into everything, never goes away, grows and grows, and almost always makes the original "problem" much worse than it was to begin with. It's kind of like cancer.

  • boatrokr Apr 20, 2010

    Phys Ed classes are a big reason why kids and adults hate to exercise. Kids and adults are NOT going to continue to do boring exercises on weekends, holidays, the summer, and after they graduate. They're boring, and the average person can't wait to be done with it.

    Offer other activities in lieu and in addition to PE and competitive sports, such as dance teams, bicycling, hiking groups, etc. That keeps people moving and it's fun.

    As for weight and BMI - leave that to the kid's doctors. The schools should be teaching academics, and leave everything else alone.

    And not every child is overweight. The kids who aren't get punished with lousy food and boring calisthenics because of their lazy peers. Again....they grow to hate fitness.

  • thewayitis Apr 20, 2010

    Um, if kids limited their time to computer games, and actually got off their rears and outside to play, we wouldn't need expensive task forces and expensive weight-tracking software to keep kids at their ideal weight. Where's the logic, people? Do we really need the government to control every aspect of our lives?