Since 1998, West Virginia University’s CARDIAC program has identified thousands of West Virginia fifth-graders with very high blood pressure, risky cholesterol and obesity – early warning signs of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke – but no state agency has ever followed up on those children.
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Before students at a Wood County West Virginia elementary school ever hit the books, they hit the gym for a half hour of physical activity, waking them up and getting them ready to learn.
Kanawha Elementary is teaching the students by example. Human bodies need physical activity, at least a little bit, every day. It should be part of the schedule. Continue reading
The treadmill is a tight fit in his Ripley, W.Va., living room, but16-year-old Benji Willis has used it to lose 102 pounds in six months.
Lexi Winnell, 9, is insulin resistant, a red-flag sign of diabetes risk. Swimming, walking and exercising, she and her grandparents are determined to bring down her risk of diabetes. “We want her to have a long, healthy life,” grandmother Kelly Winnell said.
State School Superintendent Jorea Marple challenged state wellness conference attendees to find collaborative ways to tackle three heart-wrenching problems she said are “too big for schools to handle alone”: teen pregnancy, obesity and child hunger, which keep many young West Virginians from learning effectively,
Here are a host of links to resources on activities, fitness and health for parents, teachers, older adults and anyone who works with children.
West Virginia School Superintendent Jorea Marple has launched a statewide campaign to improve school food and get children more active.