2010-09-30 / Community News

From the Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Frances M. McArthur, PhD Lexington Independent School District

This past Monday, our Lexington ISD board of Trustees appointed a School Health Advisory Committee to make recommendations related to student health and wellness. We take very seriously our responsibility of promoting healthy living not only for our students, but for our staff as well. We care about our children and our staff, and we know that while thirty percent of our health is genetic, seventy per cent is determined by the choices we make. Therefore, it is critical that we encourage healthy habits from the time our children join us as at three, four, or five years of age. The research is clear on the importance of exercise and healthy living in student achievement and job performance. One of the things I have grown to love and admire about Lexington, is how active our children are.

Nationally, nearly one- third of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight is hard on a child’s body and mind. Brain scientists tell us that exercise improves our ability to learn and in fact makes us smarter. Schools that ensure students are moving show dramatically improved test scores on standardized tests. We will be sharing the results of our student’s fitness gram testing with our new Health Advisory Committee, comprised of health professionals, parents and staff. Together as a community we will work together to continually evaluate our work and continually improve what we are doing to develop happy, healthy, and smart students.

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