In its April 2011 journal, the American Dietetic Association reported findings from their Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey project, conducted between 2003 and 2010 to better understand the attitudes and behaviors of U.S. children and families that may affect food and physical activity choices. The results overwhelmingly suggest that children are eager for change: the majority of students reported that they would be more active if there were fun activities before and after school, activity breaks during class, friends who wanted to do something active and safe places to play in the neighborhood. They also said they would eat healthier if foods looked and tasted better on the lunch line, if their parents ate healthy foods at home and if nearby stores had less junk food and more healthy options that tasted good. In short, many are ready for something new – they are aware that there is a problem and willing to take steps towards a healthy lifestyle – good news for teachers and health and nutrition professionals who are ready with helpful suggestions and ideas for making lasting behavior changes!
To read the full report, visit http://www.eatright.org/foundation/fnpa/