Childhood obesity or excess weight threatens the future of one-third of American children. The United States spends $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and the number is growing. Obesity rates tripled in the past thirty years, a trend that means, for the first time in American history, children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. 
 
You can join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, moms, and dads in a nation-wide campaign to tackle the challenge of the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. 
 
Key principles that will help you and your children lead a healthy lifestyle are:
  • Eating a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products.
  • Controlling portion sizes and never "supersizing."
  • Being active for at least 60 minutes, five times a week for ages 6-18.
  • Avoiding tobacco and illegal drugs all together. 
 Eating a healthy diet and being physically active are two of the most important factors leading to a healthy lifestyle.  To help you children meet this goal, SUSD provides lunch service daily for our students by contracting with the Salinas City School District.  All school lunches conform to the nutritional guideline mandates outlined by the federal government.  Additionally, all SUSD students, grades K-8, take part in physical education classes that emphasize fitness and making exercise part of one's everyday lifestyle.  
 
The costs of the SUSD lunch program is $3.25 (Spreckels Elementary), $3.50 (Buena Vista Middle School which includes a salad bar), $.50 for white milk.  Families may qualify for free or reduced lunches by completing the attached form and submitting it to their child's school site health aide.   
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