IDEA Public Schools Promote Health, Fitness to Combat Childhood Obesity
Posted on 03/09/2017

SAN ANTONIO -- With 71 percent of Bexar County residents considered overweight or obese, some San Antonio schools are taking a new approach to help fight childhood obesity.

Two years ago, IDEA Public Schools began tracking the Body Mass Index of students.

Then the district launched the Healthy Kids Here initiative to promote health and fitness.

"We're not doing this because we want to make you to do pushups and crunches, and all that. We're doing this so that you're healthy as you grow up," said IDEA Coach David Alfaro.

Alfaro of IDEA Monterrey Park, took charge last fall transforming recess time into circuit training for kids.

"At the beginning to the year, they weren't able to do half of what we saw today. And now, they're able to do two rounds easily. And, we've even had days where we've done four rounds," said Alfaro. 

Aside from the workout of the day, the young athletes also learn about healthier food choices. 

"If you grow up eating whatever you want, you can get sick -- you can start getting disease. And then, you won't be able to do as many things as you could as you were younger," said IDEA student Rebekah Rosas.

Since last October, IDEA Monterrey Park has seen a 6 percent BMI drop in students. 

And nearby IDEA South Flores has seen BMI drop of 5 percent.