MISSION: A Florida policy and advocacy organization committed to improving the health and well being of Floridians by addressing systems issues concerning food, nutrition and fitness.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Obesity and Florida Students
What is the problem?
The 2009 Florida Youth Risk
Behavior Survey indicates that among high school students:
•10% were obese (students who
were > 95th percentile for body mass index, by age and sex, based on
Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors
•78% ate fruits
and vegetables less than five times per day during the 7 days before the
•67% ate fruit
or drank 100% fruit juices less than two times per day during the 7 days before
vegetables less than three times per day during the 7 days before the survey.
•29% drank a
can, bottle, or glass of soda or pop at least one time per day during the 7
days before the survey. (3)
•19% did not
participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on any day during the 7
days before the survey. (4)
physically active at least 60 minutes per day on less than 7 days during the 7
days before the survey. (4)
•56% did not attend
physical education (PE) classes in an average week when they were in school.
•73% did not
attend PE classes daily when they were in school.
television 3 or more hours per day on an average school day.
computers 3 or more hours per day on an average school day. (5)
What are the solutions?
education • More PE and physical activity programs • Healthier school
What is the status?
The 2010 Florida
School Health Profiles indicates that among high schools:
·15% required students to take 2
or more health education courses.
·68% had a health education
curriculum that addresses all 8 national standards for health education.
·74% taught 14 key nutrition and dietary
behavior topics in a required course.
·78% taught 12 key physical
activity topics in a required course.
and Physical Activity
·16% did not allow students to be
exempted from taking a required PE course for certain reasons. (6)
·73% offered opportunities for all
students to participate in intramural activities or physical activity clubs.
·14% did not sell less nutritious
foods and beverages anywhere outside the school food service program.
·43% did not sell soda pop or
fruit drinks that are not 100% juice from vending machines or at the school
store, canteen, or snack bar.
·29% always offered fruits or
non-fried vegetables in vending machines and school stores, canteens, or
snack bars, and during celebrations when foods and beverages are offered.
·38% prohibited all forms of
advertising and promotion of candy, fast food restaurants, or soft drinks in
all locations. (7)
·37% used the
School Health Index or a similar self-assessment tool to assess their
policies, activities, and programs in nutrition and physical activity.
fruit juice, fruit, green salad, potatoes (excluding French fries, fried
potatoes, or potato chips), carrots, or other vegetables.
salad, potatoes (excluding French fries, fried potatoes, or potato chips), carrots,
or other vegetables.
including diet soda or diet pop.
any kind of physical activty that increased their heart rate and made them
breathe hard some of the time.
video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school
in other courses, participation in school sports, participation in other school
activities, participation in community sports activities, high physical fitness
competency test score, participation in vocational training, and participation
in community service activities.
school buildings; on school grounds, including on the outside of the school
building, on playing fields, or other areas of the campus; on school buses or
other vehicles used to transport students; and in school publications.