The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared that obesity is the faster growing health threat in the United States, with obesity nearing tobacco as the number one health threat, and according to the 2002 Los Angeles County Health Survey, 55% of Los Angeles County’s adult population are overweight or obese.
Today’s children and youth have poor dietary habits and lack sufficient physical activity resulting in high percentages of overweight children, in the past 30 years the percentages has tripled in the United States.
The California Department of Education reported in 2002 that approximately 40% of 5th, 7th and 9th graders in Los Angeles County are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight and face an increased risk of chronic diseases such as asthma, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, as well as social stigma and depression;
Research has found a clear connection between good nutrition and student achievement, and schools that have implemented healthy food programs report fewer behavioral problems;
The Board of Regents of Prelacy Armenian Schools has established a policy on nutrition/obesity prevention and a policy on beverages, which is put into effect starting February 2004 on all Prelacy Armenian School campuses.
The only food and beverages authorized to serve or for sale at the all Prelacy Schools before, during, and until ONE HALF HOUR after the end of the school day to the students must meet the nutrient and beverage standards outlined in the following policies.
Students are not allowed to bring to school any food or beverage that violates the newly adopted nutrition policies. This includes food/beverage packed at home or purchased from nearby fast food stores and brought to school for consumption.
Foods packed at home or purchased from fast food stores must be in compliance with the nutrition policies established at school.