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schoolhealth
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cimidae
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Are schools a positive influence on physical health? (Eating/Exercise)

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Started: 7/15/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Debating Period
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schoolhealth

Pro

Health has improved in schools over the years by adding healthy food options and encouraging physical activities. Now, schools offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are readily available to students. Fun ways to stay active are becoming more popular in schools and sports are becoming more popular at a young age. Healthy living is being enforced at a very young age so kids are starting to enjoy being fit and eating well.
cimidae

Con

It is true that since 2012, students have been required to take a fruit or a vegetable at most schools. However, this has not successfully promoted any sort of increased health among students. Studies have shown that the 13.3% increasing students that pick up a fruit or vegetable has also come with an 11.8% decrease in their consumption, also increasing waste by 56% (http://www.upi.com...). Basically, if children wanted to eat a healthy meal, they would automatically do so. Now, it has become a common routine to throw away the unwanted items seconds after receiving them.

As to your other point regarding physical activity, the opposite is actually true. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association has determined via household surveys that the number of children ages 6-12 participating in physical activity has decreased by 3.6% between 2008 and 2015. In a similar way, participation by 13-17 year olds (teenagers) dropped by 3.4% in this time period (http://www.aspenprojectplay.org...).

Altogether, whatever the schools are doing to promote healthy eating and physical activity isn't effective.
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Posted by BoggleBros37 10 months ago
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Will con be debating that schools DO have a positive influence on physical health or they don't
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