“•Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.1, 2
•The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.1, 2
•In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.1
•Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.3 Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.4
•Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.” CDC
From the Federal Register: Applications for New Awards; Carol M. White Physical Education Program
Purpose of Program: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to local educational agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education for students in grades K-12. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting State physical education standards.
Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: $23,000,000
Estimated Range of Awards: $200,000-$800,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000.
Estimated Number of Awards: 15
It is important to note when our government has done something valuable with our tax dollars and the award above, though discretionary and available to only fifteen recipients, is actually beneficial to all children in those districts that applied for and received this grant.
Again, to determine the intent of an institution, one must “follow the money” that is spent.
“Standardized-testing regimens cost states some $1.7 billion a year overall, or a quarter of 1 percent of total K-12 spending in the United States . . .” Education Week
It seems that our government is more interested in providing profits for the “hedgehogs” than making sure our children are healthy.
Our children deserve a system of education that concentrates on educating the entire child, discovering their gifts and talents, making them strong, righteous, and proud to be an American.
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