Healthy Children Become Productive Adults

By Howard Kessler

School leaders and educators probably think they don’t have much in common with entrepreneurs. You might change your mind when you consider Merriam-Webster’s definition of an entrepreneur as someone who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.

Sound familiar?

Both educators and entrepreneurs need to employ copious amounts of innovation and creativity, both face strong demand for a high return on investment (ROI), and both are often challenged with little start-up capital.

Of course, in the case of educators, the investment -- our children -- is more valuable than any stock. It is the very future of our country. As an entrepreneur, I can tell you that investing in children’s health is a classic “blue chip.” The ROI is guaranteed.

Healthy children are needed today to build a strong work force in America for tomorrow. Children instilled with strong, healthy habits will be prepped to launch their careers in a global economy that is more competitive than ever.

The statistics show the challenges we face: One in three children in this country is overweight or obese. Obesity is associated with causing or increasing the risk of certain health conditions, including asthma, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. That increases to 80 percent if one or both parents are overweight or obese.

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