For anyone who’s seen a Boy Scout patrol return from grocery shopping with six family size bags of sour-cream-and-onion potato chips.
For anyone who has set out snacks for a Cub Scout den and seen the boys eat everything but the carrots and celery sticks.
Or for anyone who’s watched a Venturer finish two 32-ounce bottles of Gatorade during a three-mile hike.
For all those Scouters and more, the Healthy Kids Hub is for you.
In 2010, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So if the statistics hold up, one out of every three Scouts in your pack, troop, team, or crew has this common health problem, which could mean immediate and long-term effects on his or her well-being.
But it’s not all bad news. The BSA is one of nine extracurricular organizations that have joined up with Healthy Kids Out of School to develop guiding principles for turning this country’s worsening childhood obesity epidemic around.
What’s in it for you? The Healthy Kids Hub, which launched today. The Hub is a gold mine of resources developed by leading universities, after-school organizations, and nonprofits designed to be used by adults who work directly with kids.
These aren’t dull academic journal articles about obesity; these are graphically rich tools you can use right away.
The resources include easy-to-digest information on a wide range of topics, such as ideas to encourage kids to drink water instead of sugary sports drinks, suggestions for outdoor and indoor games, and low-cost, healthy snack ideas.
It’s all based around the three Healthy Kids Out of School guiding principles: Continue reading