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Even though Parents throughout Minnesota Want Healthier Options in Schools, Few Are Asking for Them


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AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF MINNESOTANS BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A CONNECTION BETWEEN STUDENTS' HEALTH, AND THEIR ABILITY TO LEARN AND SUCCEED IN SCHOOL.  BUT, LESS THAN HALF BELIEVE THAT ALL CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO BOTH HEALTHY FOOD AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, DURING THE SCHOOL-DAY.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO A RECENT POLL FROM THE "CENTER FOR PREVENTION", AT "BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MINNESOTA".  DESPITE THIS, THE POLL ALSO FINDS THAT VERY FEW PARENTS AND GUARDIANS HAVE ACTIVELY ASKED THEIR LOCAL SCHOOL TO PROVIDE HEALTHIER OPTIONS.  JANELLE WALDOCK IS THE "CENTER FOR PREVENTION'S" LEADER...

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THERE'S AN UNDISPUTABLE CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR SURROUNDINGS AND OUR HEALTH.  FOR CHILDREN, WHO SPEND A SIGNIFICANT SHARE OF THEIR DAY IN SCHOOL, THIS ALSO HAS A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THEIR LEARNING AND THEIR ACADEMIC SUCCESS.  PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS CAN PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE--BY ENCOURAGING SCHOOLS TO ADOPT PROGRAMS LIKE 'FARM TO SCHOOL' AND ACTIVE RECESS.  TWO-THIRDS OF THE PARENTS IN OUR POLL SAY THAT THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THEIR CHILDREN EAT HEALTHY, AND HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.  YET, NEARLY AS MANY PUT AT LEAST SOME RESPONSIBILITY ON SCHOOLS, AS WELL."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION--INCLUDING THE FULL POLL-RESULTS--VISIT "CENTER-FOR-PREVENTION-M-N"-DOT-COM.



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