Millions of school children may find it easier to enjoy good health and sidestep the higher life insurance and medical costs that can often hit their peers later in life.
Legislation that recently passed the U.S. Senate sets up federal nutrition standards for foods sold on school campuses during the school day. The legislation also provides the first non-inflationary increase in the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches in the nearly four-decade history of the program.
"This is a resounding victory for our nation’s children and an investment that will last a lifetime," said Senator Blanche Lincoln, an Arkansas Democrat who sponsored the legislation. The bill now awaits consideration in the House of Representatives.
Faced with a dramatic increase in obesity rates among children and adults, many public health professionals have considered many different strategies in an effort to convince people to adopt lifestyles that will benefit them in the long term. One important part of this effort has focused on teaching people good health habits at a young age.
Later in life, people who follow healthy diet and exercise routines will be at a lower risk to be diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. In turn, this will save them money on health and life insurance premiums.