Schools increasingly check students for obesity

April 16, 2014

The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat. Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index (BMI), an […]

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Study: Exercise boosts self-esteem; physical activity improves mental well-being

October 3, 2012

By Danielle Angel Moderate physical activity has been shown to improve the mental well-being of overweight children. This study was conducted in Ottawa, Canada , and funded by the Canadian Diabetes Association with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. It was published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

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