Nutrition and Physical Activity

Nutrition and Physical Activity

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Opening school fields, tracks, courts, playgrounds and gymnasiums to the public, when not being used by students, is a low-cost way to encourage physical activity and use state appropriations efficiently.





Recent research indicates that strong state school nutrition standards positively affect both students’ dietary consumption and the nutritional quality of school foods.





Physical activity and nutritious eating promote good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Regular exercise can help control weight; reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers; strengthen bones and muscles; and improve mental health. Proper nutrition also lowers people’s risk for heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.  By reducing chronic diseases, regular physical activity and healthy eating may also lower health care costs. Policymakers are striving to provide opportunities for physical activity and nutritious food choices in schools, workplaces and communities. 

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