Healthy school environments are paramount for the proper development of Latino children, given the rising percentage of Latino students enrolled in public schools and the higher rates of obesity among Latino children than other racial/ethnic groups.
How can healthy schools be the norm for Latinos?
Implementing and enforcing stronger nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages will help all students access to healthier snacks at school, which may positively influence body mass index (BMI) trends for all populations, especially those at greatest risk of being overweight or obese.
Because Latino students engage in less physical activity both in and out of school than their peers, implementing programs that reduce barriers may increase active play opportunities for Latino kids.
Moreover, regulation of the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children will help positively influence the quality of their diets.
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