Schools should promote health – Letters to the editor – The National Dt. 01 October 2012

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Schools should promote health
Watching the flow of students returning to a reputable school near my home after the summer holidays, I noticed that most the children are overweight.
Because many schools do not have adequate play areas, I think that classroom-based exercise, and health-awareness programmes should be conducted at the start of each day.
Even five minutes each morning could change the students’ outlook, making them more health and fitness conscious.
Smoking outside the school gate is another unhealthy practice that is quite common.
Schools say they are powerless in this matter as it happens off their premises. Therefore, I think it is up to health authorities to check what is going on near schools and take action against students who smoke in public – and their parents.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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