ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — You’ve just been appointed Minister of Fitness and Nutrition and handed the near-impossible task of addressing the next generation’s obesity epidemic, its lax approach to exercise and its poor eating habits.
Suddenly, you’re acutely aware of what you’re up against: fast food restaurants on every block. Video games in every home. Ad campaigns for fatty, sugary snacks.
If only there were a way to guarantee kids would get at least one nutritious meal each day, a place where you could control their schedules for, say, six or seven hours and ensure that they get some exercise. Hmm. Where would that be?
In fact, the people who run our schools at the local, state and federal levels have, in recent years, recognized the unique opportunity they have to influence the eating and exercise habits of children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.