Health & Wellness – Parent Resources
This section provides educational resources for:
- Parents who want to gain knowledge in several different areas of health
- Health & Wellness Chairs who want to share this information with parents from their school community
- Teachers who may want to utilize some of the resources to supplement programs they may be doing in their classrooms
For any questions regarding the information below, please feel free to reach out to us:
Health & Wellness Chair, Georgia PTA
Obesity rates have soared over the past three decades to more than 23 million children and teenagers, which represents that nearly one third of our young population is either overweight or obese.
Obesity is defined if a person has a body mass index (BMI) percentile greater than 95 percent. A child is defined as overweight is their BMI percentile is greater than 85 percent but less than 95 percent.
Childhood obesity is a big concern, as it can lead to many health indications now or later in life such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It can also lead to poor self esteem and depression (Mayo Clinic).
According to the CDC in a 2014 report, Georgia ranks 19th in the nation for the number of obese adults, with one in three adults as obese.
For more information on childhood obesity, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s website by clicking here.
Sugar in Our Bodies
- Click here to see a video of what sugar does when it enters our bodies. Video courtesy of University of California – Davis (4:02 minutes).
Food Access in Your Community
Does your school need an after-school dinner program or weekend backpack program? Find out how the PTA can help to support this vital program to assist those in need in your community. Contact Michele Chivore, Campaign Director, with the Georgia Food Bank Association at Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org.