Expect this new report
about the nation's childhood obesity
rates to come up at tonight's board meeting of Portland Public Schools
Supporters of keeping physical education
in Portland schools are planning to attend the 6:30 pm board meeting
in hopes ot protecting PE from Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed cuts to fill the district's $19 million budget hole.
And those PE proponents just got armed with one piece of new evidence that Oregon is doing well in combating childhood obesity — this new national study
by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows Oregon with the lowest rate of childhood obesity
(9.6 percent, as compared to Mississippi, which has the dubious distinction of having the worst childhood obesity rate — 21.9 percent).
Of course that's not entirely due to PE in Portland schools. But like a little chicken soup, this new study can't hurt PE backers' case.
As for us adults in Oregon, the study reports that Oregon ranks 39th with a 25 percent adult obesity rate. And alas for Mississippi, the state also has the worst adult obesity rate — 33.8 percent, according to the study.