Teachers use yo-yos to teach portion sizes

April 19, 2006 in Healthy Eating, Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News

Teachers use yo-yos to teach portion sizes

In an attempt to promote healthy eating and address the rising rates of obesity, the Texas Department of Agriculture is providing booklets to address portion sizes to about 1.5 million students in grades 1 to 4.

Teachers across the state are using tools, such as yo-yos and tennis balls, to teach children about proper portion sizes. With more than twice as many children and almost three times as many teens being overweight compared to 1980, the Texas Department of Agriculture is attempting to promote healthy eating early in life.

Being overweight is a known risk factor for diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and heart disease.

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