Summer programs support healthy behaviors among students

08/9/2013 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education

Summer programs are on the front lines in the fight against childhood obesity, recent data show. However, while 86% of programs surveyed report serving breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack to students, officials report there are some challenges in terms of funding, space and training. Still, experts say summer programs are a prime opportunity to teach students about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. "You have time with children that is not, necessarily, academically focused, and you can use this time to talk about it," said Jennifer Hofman of the YMCA of the USA.

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