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New website urges Kansas families, educators to keep kids healthy

Students have breakfast at Spaght Multimedia Magnet Elementary School (Jan. 4, 2011)
Students have breakfast at Spaght Multimedia Magnet Elementary School (Jan. 4, 2011) File photo

A new website, Team Up for Kansas Kids, aims to help families and schools work together to keep children healthy.

The site, launched Wednesday by the Kansas Health Foundation, urges parents and educators to encourage healthy habits such as eating breakfast and exercising every day. The site includes research data, case studies, how-to guides and other resources.

For example, studies show that kids who eat breakfast are more likely to concentrate in class, understand lessons and score higher on standardized tests, but only about 38 percent of teens eat breakfast every day. At Central Middle School in Kansas City, cafeteria staff and student volunteers recently began to package and deliver breakfasts to more than 1,200 students each day during homeroom.

“Healthy students are better learners, and an integrated approach to support wellness before, during and after the school day will help our kids reach their full potential,” said Tammy Bartels, president of the Kansas Parent Teacher Association, in a news release.

The new website also encourages families and educators to take a pledge to “learn more, take action and improve school wellness in my community and across Kansas.”

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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