Çocuk ve adolesanlara sağlıklı beslenme ve fiziksel aktivite yapma alışkanlığı kazandırılması açısından okullar etkili rol oynamaktadır. Okullar, çocukluk çağı şişmanlığı, koroner kalp hastalığı, diyabet ve kanser gibi kronik hastalıkların önlenmesi için uygulanan ulusal çabaların önemli bir parçasıdır. Okullarda uygulanan beslenme programları, çocukların eğitime katılma potansiyelini, akademik performansı ve yaşam kalitesini arttırır. Çocuklara sağlıklı bir gelecek sağlamak için okul temelli beslenme eğitimi programlarına ulusal olarak öncelik verilmelidir. Okul beslenme programlarının, hükümetler, toplum liderleri, doktor, diyetisyen, hemşire, öğretmen ve ailelerin katılımıyla, uygulanması ve devamı sağlanmalıdır. Bu derleme yazıda, halk sağlığı ve eğitimin bir parçası olan okul sağlığı ve beslenme programları özetlenmiştir.
Schools play an effective role for adopt and maintain healthy eating and physical activity behaviors in children and adolescents. Schools are an important part of national efforts to prevent chronic diseases such as childhood obesity, coronary heart diseases, diabetes and cancer. Nutrition programs in schools can help children and adolescents participate in full educational potential; improve academic performance and health quality. To ensure a healthy future for our children, school-based nutrition education programs must become a national priority. Governments, community leaders, doctors, dieteticians, nurses, teachers, and parents must commit to implementing and sustaining nutrition education programs within the schools. School health and nutrition programs which part of public health and education are summarized in this review.
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