Playgrounds, cafeterias and gardens, oh my! Want kids to dig health? Healthify their school digs!
It’s Pyschology 101: Environment influences human behavior. Baby rooms favor subdued colors, light-blocking shades and just the right amount of soft toys to reinforce a feeling of safety and promote sleep in infants. A house filled with books encourages kids to read. You get where we’re going here.
If we want our impressionable kids to eat healthy and be active, it’s not enough to lecture about it in the classroom or even to offer recess and physical activity breaks. We also have to take a look at the environment in which they spend the majority of their time outside of your home—their school, where they spend more than 1,200 hours a year.
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How healthy is your school?
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