An effort to get Springfield schoolkids more active and more focused on healthy eating may be paying off.
A doctor with the SIU School of Medicine says the program appears to be translating into lower obesity rates for grade schoolers. A check of the body-mass index of first- and fourth-graders at eight Springfield elementary schools finds 16% would be listed as “obese” under current standards.
That’s even with the national average, and four points lower than the Illinois statewide average. And it’s also four points lower than a similar study at Springfield schools a year ago, although that survey measured a different group of students.