APA worked with Texas PTA to address obesity through education and public policy. As part of a coalition, Partnership for Healthy Texas, whose goal is to prevent and reduce obesity in Texas, Texas PTA worked to require Fitnessgram, and to pass this session’s law that facilitates the collection and analysis of fitness data. An overall reduction in funding for public schools resulted in a lessening of requirements like Fitnessgram.
According to a 2009 study from the state comptroller’s office, 20.4 percent of children in Texas are obese — putting the state among the top 10 in the nation.
Learn more by reading this article posted in the Texas Tribune.
I remember Fitnessgram coming out while I was in high school. This program is a good way to collect data and figure out ways to address staying active and being healthy.