In Eagle County, 17.9 percent of children ages 2-14 are considered overweight or obese. These individuals are at a higher risk for obesity in adulthood, therefore, early intervention is crucial. Kids spend the majority of their day in school and consume between one-half to one-third of their daily caloric needs there, it is essential to provide a healthy school environment that promotes good nutrition and physical activity.
Examples of school wellness initiatives include:
- Limiting the availability of high-sugar and high-energy-dense foods
- Limiting the marketing of foods to students
- Increasing the use of fresh fruits and vegetables in cafeterias
- Providing adequate time for recess and physical activity
- Using incentives other than food for special occasions and parties
The Eagle County School District is committed to promoting wellness in schools through its wellness policy and Fresh Approach Initiative, which encourages replacing highly processed school lunches with made-from-scratch meals and fresh produce. For more information on youth and school wellness, contact Carly Rietmann at email@example.com or 970-328-8896.
District Re50J Wellness Policy
Fresh Approach Initiative