Teen Obesity: How Schools Can Be the Number One Solution to the Problem

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September 2006



There is an epidemic of obesity in America's schools and educators are ideally situated to identify, intervene, educate, and support overweight students who are headed for long-term illness or possibly, an early death. In this book, the author proposes a ' Circle of Wellness' model for schools that includes an intervention effort to promote a healthy lifestyle among students. To learn more, visit


Part 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Why Preventing Teen Obesity Should Be a Priority for Schools Chapter 3 How Schools Became Unwitting Partners in Helping Teens Become Overweight and Obese Chapter 4 What Educators Need to Know about the Risks for Overweight and Obese Teens Chapter 5 How School Wellness Councils Can Revitalize the Cafeteria and Food Service System Chapter 6 How Schools Can Increase Physical Activity to Help Students Reduce Weight Chapter 7 Utilizing the Circle of Wellness to Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity for Students Chapter 8 Utilizing the Circle of Wellness Model to Address Staff Overweight, Obesity, and Related Health Problems


William L. Fibkins is a university professor, consultant, and researcher specializing in training school administrators to be leaders and mentors; teachers to be advisors and adult advocates; guidance counselors, student assistance counselors, school psychologists, and social workers to implement intervention programs; students to be peer counselors and leaders; and parents to be advocates for marginalized teens. Previously, he was a student assistance counselor, director of guidance services, director of a teacher training center in urban and suburban secondary schools.


As a school nurse working in secondary schools, I see overweight [students] on a daily basis... Teen Obesity: How Schools Can be the Number One Solution to the Problem by William Fibkins will be a valuable resource for educators and parents in addressing this national epidemic. -- Lyn Langdon, RN, MSN, Issaquah School District, Issaquah, WA At last someone suggests a family/school partnership to address the shame of obesity which besets so many children. Dr. Fibkins positions schools as the lead actor on this issue; families struggling to overcome generational patterns of food abuse need support to fight to improve the health of their children. -- Suzanne Y. Jones, executive director, Single Parent Resource Center I am thrilled with Dr. Fibkins's timely book, Teen Obesity. The depth of the problem is explained and explored with a sense of clarity as well as passion. I highly recommend this comprehensive and incisive guide for the general public as well as school administrators. -- Thomas Heinegg, principal, Northport Middle School, Northport, New York Childhood obesity has created a generation of students who are at risk. In Teen Obesity: How Schools Can Be the Number One Solution to the Problem, Dr. William Fibkins maps out a low-cost budget plan in which school personnel can actively promote a 'Circle of Wellness' in which all stakeholders work together to create conditions in schools so that all students are provided with the 'tools' of healthy living and are taught the skills that will help them maintain life-long wellness. Dr. Fibkins illuminates the problem of teenage obesity, and then he weaves a thoughtfully crafted solution to this very serious problem. -- Sharon I. Byrdsong, principal, Azalea Gardens Middle School, Norfolk, VA and NASSP Principal of the Year Fibkins posits a model for schools so that they can help fight teenage obesity, noting that schools are key places for intervention. Scitech Book News Teen Obesity: How Schools Can be the Number One Solution to the Problem, is a book that schools have needed for a long time. The 'Circle of Wellness' intervention effort provided in the book gives educators a practical, how-to format that can be realistically implemented. Being a teacher of pre-teens and teenagers for the past 20 years and a mother of two pre-teen girls, this is an important book that needs our attention if we want to have a pro-active approach to dealing with teen obesity. -- Gail Angell, special education teacher, Mattituck-Cutchogue School District, Long Island, New York This extraordinary book is for educators and school administrators. Fibkins uses a variety of tactics in analyzing the problem, from sky-rocketing statistics on teen obesity to personal anecdotes about unhappy teens, and then systematically works on offering solutions. Fibkins brings together a great deal of information and research in this readable volume, which addresses a teen issue that, if left alone, could prove to be the most serious health threat of all. VOYA
EAN: 9781578865123
ISBN: 1578865123
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 219 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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