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Students Taking Responsibility for Individual Diet and Exercise - STRIDE Initiative

The North River Collaborative’s Students Taking Responsibility for Individual Diet and Exercise
(STRIDE) Initiative targets 12,085 students (grades K-12) in 22 schools across five school districts in Southeastern Massachusetts. Nutritionists, pediatricians, U.S. Surgeon Generals, and First Lady Michelle Obama have alerted the educational community about the need to change students’ eating habits and increase their physical activity to stop the long term, dire effects of poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.

The data collected by these school districts clearly show that the overall percent of students in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 is above the national average for overweight and obesity. In fact, in each of the districts, over 41% percent of either gender are overweight or obese in at least one tested grade. In response to this and other critical needs, STRIDE will implement a comprehensive model with three primary goals:
(1) STRIDE will increase the percentage of students who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
(2) STRIDE will increase the percentage of students who achieve age-appropriate cardiovascular fitness.
(3) STRIDE will improve instruction about and access to healthy nutrition. North River Collaborative has the experience and capacity to implement this comprehensive program that will serve these students and school districts.

These goals will be accomplished by increasing time and modifying curriculum for physical education
instruction, increasing opportunities for physical activity during out-of-school time, increasing access to nutritious food in school, increasing instruction in nutrition, and reviewing and updating appropriate policies related to physical activity and nutrition. By improving physical education and nutrition curriculum and instruction, and engaging the school, parents, and the community, STRIDE will coordinate a team approach to wellness. Ultimately, STRIDE will help our students take responsibility for their individual diet and exercise and find their own paths to healthy eating and a physically-fit lifestyle.