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

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There is an epidemic of student obesity in America, and educators are ideally situated to identify, intervene, educate, and support overweight students who are headed for long-term illness or premature death. Such an effort will require changes in the way that schools operate. These changes can be implemented with a low-cost budget and by restructuring staff and resources that are currently in place. Fibkins proposes a Circle of Wellness model for schools that includes an intervention effort to promote a health-oriented cafeteria; increased physical activity; healthy levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; life-skills training groups offered by counselors; outreach to parents; and easy access and referral to community health, mental health, and recreation resources. Teen Obesity will be of interest to administrators, teachers, and parents. To learn more, visit www.williamfibkins.com.

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Editorial Reviews

Lyn Langdon
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.
Suzanne Y. Jones
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.
Thomas Heinegg
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.
Sharon I. Byrdsong
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.
Gail Angell
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.
Scitech Book News
Fibkins posits a model for schools so that they can help fight teenage obesity, noting that schools are key places for intervention.
VOYA - Diane Colson
This extraordinary book is for educators and school administrators. Overweight teens suffer mightily during their high school years and are then at risk for serious health problems as they reach adulthood. Although other risky teen behaviors, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, are targeted in school prevention programs, eating and nutrition receive cursory attention. In fact, school lunches are often contributors to the problem of teen obesity, with starchy entrees competing with vending-machine fare. 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. He suggests that schools need to create cafeterias that are as appealing in design as fast-food restaurants and that offer solid nutritional choices. School cafeterias are often the first targets in a budget crunch, with income from fast-food vending machines a welcome resource. In addition, education needs to include a component on food choices beyond an explanation of the food pyramid. Information needs to be offered on how to resist the allure of fast food, for example, or how processed food directly impairs bodily functions. Furthermore schools need to revitalize physical education programs to encourage a lifelong habit of exercise. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578865116
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/13/2006
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

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

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