Two statewide groups are joining forces to take on Vermont's obesity problem.
More than a quarter of Vermont kids are obese. Now the non-profits, Eat Well Play More and Live Healthy Vermont, are working together to push for better access to healthy foods throughout the state -- especially in early education centers and schools. They also want to see kids get better access to physical activity every day. The groups say standards for physical education differ from to school to school, but the Education Department is now taking comments and the groups hope that leads to stronger PE requirements.
"We just want to make sure that all of the schools are doing the same thing. Some schools will say kids will have physical education for half a semester instead of a full semester, and really we just want to see kids active, being out there all the time -- that 60 minutes a day total that they need," said Ryan Torres with Eat Well Play More.
The public comment period for education quality standards ends October 28th. There are two public meetings planned -- October 17th at Lake Region Union High School in Orleans, and October 21st at CVU in Hinesburg.
To submit public comment on obesity in schools -- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX: (802) 828-3140 Attention: Jill Remick