Not only is eating the right kinds of food important, but so is exercise, said Meg Hendy, school nurse at Broad River Elementary School.
As lifestyles have increasingly become less physical, more and more people battle expanding waistlines.
"Back in the '40s, '50s and '60s when people walked to school every day, eating bacon and eggs for breakfast wasn't necessarily a bad thing," Hendy
To help get kids moving, Hendy
and the school staff initiated an early morning exercise program.
"Just adding an extra 30 minutes of exercise a day can help lower the cholesterol in students and help them to lose weight," she
said."Anybody who has an increased intake of saturated fats can have high cholesterol, which causes the plaque that causes coronary and artery problems."
All of the children who participated in the exercise program reduced their cholesterol levels.
Even though all of the children at Broad River Elementary School
have an opportunity to play each day during recess, there is only one structured physical education class per week, Hendy
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