October 20, 2006

Parents, schools explore options

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Charles Betts, VUSM class of 1951, and his wife, Mary Betts, VUSN 1949, chat with Dean Steven Gabbe, M.D., during Reunion activities last weekend.
Photo by Dana Johnson

Parents, schools explore options

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to delve further into childhood obesity issues.

The School Health Index Mini-Grant for Physical Activity and Nutrition Improvement grants were awarded to only 47 out of 600 applicants and to only three groups in Tennessee.

The funds were used to hold focus groups involving parents of children who attend Fall-Hamilton Elementary School, where participants explored how the families and school might work together to support healthy eating and increased exercise.

Parents shared that they need more nutrition education, and many admitted they serve meals to satisfy picky eaters.

They agreed that teachers need to play a role, as they are considered authority figures by the children.

Parents would also like to see additional exercise options offered at school, such as dance and afternoon sports, which are typically not offered in elementary schools.