Aug 26, 2014 8:02 PM by Lena Howland

Fighting obesity in Pueblo City Schools

D60 students may be seeing a change in wellness, come the first day of school next Tuesday.

The school board is meeting on Tuesday night to decide on a new policy aimed at teaching students healthier habits.

"Anytime they can go outside or they can come in here and exercise and get that activity is only going to help them in anything," Scott Lane, a PE teacher at Heritage Elementary School said.

The proposed health policy is to help kids develop life-long healthy habits.

"We're trying to fight obesity and diabetes and all the other symptoms that come with just non-activity," Rick Macias, the D60 Athletic Director said.

"The biggest changes are going to be the recess time, making sure that there are moderate to vigorous recess time and making sure that students are getting their recess when they don't have PE at the elementary level," Macias said.

Meaning, 15 minutes in the morning and 15 in the afternoon for elementary schoolers, while making sure they take advantage of every last minute on the playground.

"A more moderate to vigorous recess time and not just coming out and sitting during recess time but physical activity the entire 15 minutes," he said.

The hope to teach kids healthy eating habits starting in the lunch room.

"On the nutrition part of it, it'll be adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet here at school and making sure that they're getting the proper nutrition," he said.

"The good foods and good choices of what to eat and what to drink are very, very important for them," Lane said.

PE teacher Scott Lane tells us learning healthy habits should start early.

"You only get one body and how you use it and what you put into it are the most important things that you can do," he said.

The school board meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and will reach a decision on the policy by the end of the night. 



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