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Fixin' Healthcare

Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Leap And Learn

Namaste Charter School in Chicago is commited to the physical, social and academic well-being of their students. They believe that academic achievement is dependent upon regular physical activity and good health. The school incorporates physical activity and nutrition into its rigorous curriculum. Parents receive training in nutrition and have access to a weekly farmers market set up in the school. The principal of Namaste is an alumna of Teach for America.

A report from the American College of Sports Medicine shows the most physically active middle school students more often have better grades. The link between physical activity and academic performance was most significant when children met Healthy People 2010 guidelines for vigorous activity 20 minutes at least three days a week.

Changing the culture and society will not be easier than reforming medical care, but changing the culture and society will improve health status and performance of the population far more than reforming medical care. Isn't that what health policy is all about?

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