At the City of Cape Coral Charter School Authority, we believe that children need access to healthy foods and physical activity in order to grow, learn, and thrive because good health fosters student attendance and education.
We recognize that obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity. In addition, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States. The major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood.
Despite the fact that school districts around the country are facing significant fiscal and scheduling constraints, we feel it is essential to develop and implement a successful school wellness policy to address these issues. We want to be proactive with community participation in the development and implementation of our plan.