PE will get kids moving again.Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By Jimmy Unger For The Register-Guard
Over the past 30 years, physical inactivity physical inactivity A sedentary state. Cf Physical activity. and unhealthy eating have been so rapidly incorporated and engineered into the American lifestyle that obesity now threatens to pass tobacco as the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the Unites States.
Although some unsympathetically see the epidemic as solely the consequence of individual choice, gluttony Gluttony
See also Greed.
Belch, Sir Toby
gluttonous and lascivious fop. [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
one of the best known “feeders” of eighteenth-century England. [Br. Hist. or laziness, public health experts offer more sensible explanations: the near-elimination of the family meal; the upsurge in consumption of both fast food and seductive, addictive passive entertainment; growth of neighborhoods whose design discourages biking and walking; the super-sizing of portions; the rise of soda and sugary beverage consumption; and the trend towards gradual disappearance of physical education classes in schools.
The forces behind these changes, often hard to identify, have altered patterns of physical activity and nutrition in such a way as to make the healthier choices for American families difficult. The Institute of Medicine has written, `It is unreasonable to expect that people will change when so many forces in their social, cultural and physical environments conspire con·spire
v. con·spired, con·spir·ing, con·spires
1. To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
2. against such change.'
To what kinds of `forces' is the institute referring? In the case of school PE, the force was funding cuts, which in turn led to a policy decision to decrease PE time. This exemplifies how policy affects nutrition and physical activity - and, ultimately, kids' health.
At the exact time that schools, owing to owing to
Because of; on account of: I couldn't attend, owing to illness.
owing to prep → debido a, por causa de a series of sociological changes (such as a reduction in informal, neighborhood sports and recreation), are playing ever-increasing roles in students' physical activity and nutrition environments, funding cuts have led to less - or, in some cases, no - PE. These changes, sadly enough, occur in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
midmost of an obesity epidemic.
The Oregon Health Policy Commission's Child Obesity Work Group, comprised of researchers and health care practitioners, was charged with the job of making policy recommendations to help Oregon stem the epidemic of childhood obesity childhood obesity Public health Overweight in a child, an average BMI of ≥ 85% for age and sex; ≥ 95% for age and sex is very obese. See Body-mass index, Obesity. Cf Adult obesity. . After months of study, the establishment of minimum PE requirements emerged as one of the three highest priority recommendations. In Lane County, for example, 37 percent of children in kindergarten through eighth grade are obese or at risk for obesity. Given the scope of the obesity problem, it makes no sense that an estimated 60 percent of kids in Oregon do not get daily PE.
The Oregon Senate now is debating three bills that would reverse this trend. Senate Bill 370 mandates a weekly minimum amount of PE time. Two companion bills, SB 367 and SB 372, would authorize an inventory to collect data about compliance and direct the state Department of Education to develop an assessment of PE quality.
This package of bills exemplifies the kind of commonsense but bold moves that will be necessary for us to make inroads inroads
make inroads into to start affecting or reducing: my gambling has made great inroads into my savings
inroads npl to make inroads into [+ against this epidemic.
These changes come at some cost. To support the bill, one has to buy in to the concept that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. one study from the International Council on Sports Science Sports science is a discipline that studies the application of scientific principles and techniques with the aim of improving sporting performance. Human movement is a related scientific discipline that studies human movement in all contexts including that of sport. and Physical Education, each dollar invested in PE saves $3.20 in later health care costs.
In light of what we know about the obesity epidemic and its causes, we, and our legislators, have a choice: We can choose to pay for programs that promote physical activity and nutrition, or we can pay a great deal more for the health care costs of a generation that will, in their 20s and 30s, experience high rates of Type II diabetes Type II diabetes
Type II diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and usually appears in middle aged adults. It is often associated with obesity and may be delayed or controlled with diet and exercise.
Mentioned in: Diabetic Ketoacidosis , heart attacks and strokes.
PE also has tremendous educational benefits: Fit, active kids learn and behave better - an immense benefit that cannot be measured in dollars.
The bills' authors intend that funds will be budgeted by the joint legislative Ways and Means WAYS AND MEANS. In legislative assemblies there is usually appointed a committee whose duties are to inquire into, and propose to the house, the ways and means to be adopted to raise funds for the use of the government. This body is called the committee of ways and means. Committee: This is a funded policy reform, not an unfunded mandate An unfunded mandate is a statute that requires government or private parties to carry out specific actions, but does not appropriate any funds for that purpose. Examples
Based on what we know about this epidemic, it seems clear that a strategy that reduces the prevalence of childhood obesity will pay dividends in the long run. These three bills are an excellent place to start.
Jimmy Unger of Eugene is a pediatrician and chairman of the Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth, Lane County's childhood obesity prevention coalition.