BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA RECOGNIZES NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
Nation's Leading Youth Organization Promotes Healthy Lifestyles Through Various Programs and Services
Today more than 30 percent of American children are classified as overweight
and more than 15 percent obese*. As the nation's leading youth service
organization, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is continuing its Good Turn for
America pledge of healthy living during National Nutrition Month by encouraging
youth to live healthy lifestyles.
"For 96 years, BSA has been dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle among
American youth," said Gloria Lundin, Occupational Health Nurse, BSA. "The Scout
Oath includes the promise 'To keep myself physically strong,' the BSA remains
committed to that principle and is proud to take part in National Nutrition
Month. By stressing overall health and general well-being, we believe we can
help to encourage youth to lead healthy lifestyles and help reverse obesity
Today's youth are considered the most inactive generation in history in part
because of reductions in school physical education programs and a shortage of
safe, available community recreational facilities*. Last year, the USDA
announced updated dietary guidelines and for the first time ever stressed the
importance of balancing consumption of nutrient-dense foods with regular
exercise. The release of the dietary guidelines was followed by a new food
guide pyramid, including the MyPyramid for Kids,** which highlighted the need
to be physically active every day.
The Boy Scouts of America continues to provide programs and activities that
promote a healthy lifestyle by incorporating physical activity. Staying true
to the Scout Oath, BSA offers more than 20 health-, nutrition-, and
fitness-related merit badges, encouraging Scouts to stay physically strong.
BSA urges its Scouts as well as local communities to get involved in projects
that aid healthy initiatives. Suggestions include:
- Encourage physical activity. Establish a spring or summer day
or weekend to invite the community to get outdoors and take a hike
with their families. Organizing a fun run/walk/cycle event open to
everyone in the community would also be appropriate. These experiences
provide an opportunity for families, fun, fitness, and the outdoors
to be packaged in a single activity.
- Create nutrition awareness. Conduct a health awareness fair
in cooperation with a local hospital and other health organizations.
Secure and distribute good health awareness information to your
- Build a healthier environment. Create a space where your
community can be physically active by volunteering to maintain and
repair local parks, camps, and hike/bike trails.
Serving nearly 4.5 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with
more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the
Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character
development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the
BSA, please visit old.scouting.org.
||According to the American Obesity Association|