WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS

creating healthier places in which to learn

Wellness Facts



Food Facts

Cook Facts

 • A typical fast food hamburger may come from over 1,000 cows from 5 different countries
- Schlosser, Eric, "Fast Food Nation: The Dark side of the All-American Meal". Harper Collins, 2002.

• Every day, one in four Americans eats in a fast food restaurant. 
- Spurlock, Morgan, "Super Size Me". American documentary film, 2004

• Food additives have been scientifically and conclusively linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- New York Times citing University of South Hampton study, September 6, 2007. 

• We are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago- including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners.
- LetsMove.gov

• The average American elementary-age child receives only 3.4 hours of food education per year. Less than most children watch TV each day. 
- Food Corps Annual Report 2010-2011

• Students who participate in breakfast programs have higher standardized test scores, fewer absences, reduced tardiness, improved attentiveness, better behavior and lower risks of obesity. 
- 2011 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook

• Salad bars in schools reduce cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat intake among lonw-incoe households. 
- Unitedfresh.org


Green Facts  

Green Facts

• Studies indicate that 100% of lead poisoning, 30% of asthma, 5% of cancers and 10% of neurobehavioral disorders are due to environmental chemicals such as pesticides or toxic cleaning products. 

- National Center for Biotechnology Information, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2002

• Childhood diseases of environmental origin cost Americans $54.9 billion annually.
This is just the beginning.

- National Center for Biotechnology Information, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov , 2002.

• US Agriculture uses 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides each year; roughly 5 lbs for every American.
- Curtis, Jennifer "Fields of Change: A New Crop of American Farmers Finds Alternatives to Pesticides." Natural Resources Defense Council, July 1998.

• Asthma is the number one cause of absenteeism in the NYC public schools. Many industrial-strength cleaners used in schools contain asthmagens (asthma triggers).
- New York State Department of Health

 

Coach Facts

Coach Facts


• More than 20% of students in NYC public schools are obese.

- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

• Compared with Children nationwide NYC students are more likely to be obese (21% v. 17%) and overweight (18% v. 14%)
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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

• The generation of Americans born in the year 2000 is the first in history to have a shorter life expectancy than its parents.
-
  Centers for Disease Control 

• One in three U.S. children born in the year 2000 could develop Type 2 Diabetes during their lifetimes. 
Centers for Disease Control, "Preventing Diabetes and its Complications", www.cdc.gov

• Eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
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LetsMove.gov

• Improved diet and physical activity are more effective than medication in reducing the occurrence of Type 2 diabetes. 
- New England Journal of Medicine


 
"It was another rewarding week in which I was thrilled to take part.  What felt different this time, and will no doubt be even stronger next time, was the fact that you could really see that we're building something here with these kids."
-WITS Lab Parent Volunteer