ERIC Number: ED498164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Active Hours Afterschool: Childhood Obesity Prevention & Afterschool Programs. Issue Brief No. 24
The obesity crisis in America is ubiquitous and irrefutable, and it's hitting youth so hard that health experts warn that this generation of children will be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Tackling and reversing this epidemic will require a comprehensive and sustained effort in every community in America. The nation's growing network of afterschool providers can make a significant contribution to this battle. Afterschool programs can provide physical activity and nutrition education, healthy snacks and a safe place to play and socialize in the hours after school. This report highlights the following: (1) Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic; (2) The health and economic costs are astounding; (3) Children are not getting enough physical activity and have unhealthy eating habits; (4) Afterschool programs can help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity; and (5) Afterschool program models in practice. This report concludes that Afterschool programs can help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. Additionally, before- and after- school programs will also help decrease child obesity, expand physical activity, and increase parent and community involvement in schools.
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Community Involvement, Physical Activities, Obesity, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction, Children, After School Programs, Eating Habits, Play, Economic Factors, Child Health, Physical Activity Level, Intervention
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.