A multiyear collaboration between community non-profits and Lincoln Public Schools is lowering obesity and improving the physical fitness of Lincoln's school children! Read more.....
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An obesity epidemic has taken the country by storm, likely cutting the life expectancy of our children by an average of 5 years and threatening our economy with increased health care costs and lost productivity. In the 1970’s around 5% of children were obese. This has increased to a reported 18.2% in 2010. In Lincoln we have found that 17.2% of our children grades Kindergarten through 8th were obese during the 2010-2011 school year. In an effort to improve the health of the nation’s children, Healthy People 2020 has established a set of goals to reduce obesity prevalence. In Lincoln we have set a community-wide goal to decrease obesity to less than 15% by the year 2015, exceeding the national goal of 15.9% by the year 2020. So far we have shown a slight decrease to 16.8% in during the 2011-2012 school year and hope to see more progress this year.
Physical fitness has a strong correlation to long-term health and may be more important for health than weight itself. We have been working with Lincoln Public Schools to use fitness testing as a means to track the fitness of children in Lincoln. In the 2010-2011 school year, 31.6% of 4-8th grade students could not pass the aerobic fitness test. Our goal, by the year 2015 is to have less than 15% of students failing this test (85% passing). As of last year, we have already improved this to 30.0% and hope to see more progress in improving fitness as well.