DHSS Holds First Conference on Obesity
So, HSS is showing how to fight the battle of the bulge at a statewide conference promoting eating less while exercising more.
"It's meeting those other people who are also in the same boat and who are trying to address the same problems, learning from each other and what strategies they may not be aware of and what they can implement," said DHSS Director Julie Eckstein.
Eckstein is especially worried about the weight of Missouri youngsters.
"What's so sad for me is that if we don't get a handle on this now, our kids will be the first generation that don't outlive their parents because of the impact obesity has on so many other chronic diseases," she explained.
Teacher Charlene Goodpasture hopes what she learns at the conference can help her district show parents the nutritional value of school meals.
"Starting with a campaign to educate the parents in what we are actually doing without," she said. "And I think every district in the state of Missouri is probably going to be making some minor changes in their food service or how that is perceived."
Experts consider education as one of the first steps in teaching families and schools how to help kids improve their health.