10/8/2013 9:50 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Two state legislators and a school superintendent returned from a workshop in Denver aimed at preventing childhood obesity.
Delegates Barbara Evens Fleischauer and Cliff Moore along with Mercer County Superintendent Deborah Akers attended the conference. The state's team developed recommendations including strengthening a ten-year-old program that takes health measurements of fifth and sixth graders and offers health improvement advice to their families.
The team said the cardiac program was largely responsible for an 8.6% decrease in West Virginia's childhood obesity rate since 2005.
Other ideas included devoting more time for physical activities during the school day and supporting efforts that would provide more healthy foods on school menus.