Fighting childhood obesity with after-school programs

Feb 12, 2014

Kids play ball during an after school program run by the SLO County YMCA at Los Ranchos Elementary.
Credit Randol White

Obesity is one of the top health concerns for California’s children. Part of the problem stems from the consumption of too much junk food combined with not enough exercise.   

After-school programs are in a unique situation to address these issues with a structure of healthy eating and physical activity.

For this Issues & Ideas segment, KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara County, who recently introduced a bill to certify after-school programs that follow certain guidelines aimed at curbing obesity.

He also hears from after-school leaders in San Luis Obispo whose programs could benefit from the idea, and one local leader who believes the push is just another example of too much government.