In reply to the editorial on Nov. 21, the Danville/Boyle County Healthy Community Coalition would like to provide your readers with another view on the issue of physical activity in schools.
Lawmakers should be applauded, not criticized for acknowledging and debating the important role of physical education programs in schools. Legislation hasn't even been filed yet and already the editorial board is dismissing the idea of increasing physical activity in schools out of hand. What gives?
The editorial board missed its mark in asserting that policy makers are attempting to hold schools responsible for the childhood obesity epidemic. Not so. No one is saying that schools alone can reverse the alarming trend of childhood obesity. Unfortunately, there is no single, simple solution to this growing epidemic. But just because schools can't provide the only solution doesn't mean that they aren't an important part of the solution. After all, schools do have a stake in this matter. The health of a child is related to his ability to learn. Children spend the majority of their waking hours at school. As such, schools provide a key setting and play a pivotal role in helping to shape children's behaviors, preferences and attitudes.