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Active and Healthy Schools Program Gets a Jump-start on Curtailing Obesity

What's the single most eaten vegetable in America? You guessed it, french fries.

The Active and Healthy Schools Program is taking aim at unhealthy lifestyles by making simple changes to the school environment.

The evidence-based Program has already been implemented at Leslie Bell Elementary in Lexington, MO.  With help from the University of Missouri Extension, the Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County and two-year grant funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the school has embarked on a mission to create a community that values healthy lifestyle changes.  As a result of the program, the following initiatives have been implemented:

“This program is really a roadmap for schools to change the environment and culture so that students, faculty and staff embrace opportunities to become more physically active and nutrition conscience,” said Lynda Johnson, nutrition and health education specialist at the MU Extension. “It’s really about changing the mindset.”

The Program will extend to Odessa and Higginsville in the upcoming school year with additional schools following suit in the 2012-2013 academic year.

To learn more about Leslie Bell's program, contact the University of Missouri Extension office in Higginsville at 660.584.3658.

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