New Website Offers Tools to Fight Childhood Obesity

A new website created by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) offers information, tools, and tips to help children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The website, based on the 2013 IOM report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, aims to help teachers, school administrators, parents, and children find ways to incorporate physical activity into the regular school day to fight obesity and increase children’s cognitive development and academic success.
The website, called “Get 60 Minutes,” offers recommendations on encouraging active transportation to and from school, classroom activity time, recess, physical education class, afterschool programs, and sports.
The Koshland Science Museum has a variety of free, interactive exhibits focused on healthy living for children and adults. Visit our Food for Thought page to explore some of these exhibits online, or call to arrange a group tour or field trip.