Wednesday, October 24, 2012
From The Examiner, courtesy of reporter Kate Jacobson:
's Health Commission is recommending that the county track student obesity and put more nutritious snacks in vending machines, as part of officials' latest efforts to make county residents healthier. Montgomery County
The Health Commission also told the County Council that the county should provide more opportunities for exercise for children and adults, and establish better accommodations for mothers who are breast-feeding.
"We wanted to focus on [issues] with easy implementation," said Commission Chairman Marcos Pesquera, adding that the group looked at multiple government agencies that could benefit from the recommendations.
One of the more detailed plans is to start tracking students' body mass index at certain grade levels to analyze obesity trends. BMI, calculated from a person's weight and height, is often used as a screening tool for potential weight problems.
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