With nearly one-third of children in South Carolina now obese or overweight, it is past time for us to get serious about school nutrition.
Fortunately, we have an opportunity to help our children eat better and live longer, healthier lives.
Right now, outdated school nutrition policies allow unhealthy snacks and beverages to be sold to students. But our legislature is considering a bill that would require stricter nutritional guidelines for foods sold on school grounds during school hours -- an important step to limit children's access to low-nutrient, high-calorie foods and control their weight.
Our children get nearly half of their daily calories from meals and snacks they eat at school, so making sure the products for sale on school grounds are nutritious and healthy is essential.
Take action today to support better school nutrition. Tell House and Senate members to support H. 3529 and S. 498 -- nothing less than our children's health and well-being is at stake.
According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, approximately 15% of South Carolina’s youth are overweight and another 17% are obese. That means nearly one in three of our children are overweight or obese. Since a nationally representative study revealed that children consume up to 47% of their total daily calories from meals and snacks at school, it's essential we limit access to low-nutrient, high calorie foods at school.
South Carolina spends well over a billion dollars a year on obesity-related medical costs, and every one of those dollars means someone’s health is in jeopardy. We need to take immediate action to help our children eat better and live longer, healthier lives.
Please ensure better school nutrition by supporting H. 3529 and S. 498. Nothing less than our children's health and well-being is at stake.