Many of you are well aware of the health issues that surround our society today. Nationwide, roughly two out of three U.S. adults are overweight (69 percent) and one out of three are obese (36 percent). Even more alarming, the prevalence of overweight and obese children and adolescents is on the rise, and youth are becoming overweight and obese at earlier ages. One of six children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, are obese and one out of three are overweight. Early obesity not only increases the likelihood of adult obesity, it also increases the risk of heart disease in adulthood, as well as the prevalence of weight-related risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
To combat these issues, federal, state and local governments are frantically attempting to develop ideas and policies that will reverse the trends. Here at South Adams Schools, we feel we have a responsibility to combat these issues on a local level.
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