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PHS students researched and discussed fad diets with AgriLife Extension Agent Nancy McDonald as part of the Winning with Nutrition program.

Post Students are "Winning with Nutrition"

A 4-H Program

Published Dec. 22, 2011 @ midnight

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) offers 23 athletic activities in which more than one-million student athletes participate. Yet, 16.3 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, are considered obese determined by a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted from 2003 through 2006.

According to a 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 45.23 percent of young people were trying to lose weight.  Almost 12 percent reported that during the 30 days before the survey, they had gone without eating for 24 hours or more to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight. More than 4 percent reported taking laxatives to lose weight or to keep from gaining it.

Recently Garza County AgriLife Extension agents, Nancy McDonald and Greg Jones, implemented the 4-H sports nutrition program, Winning with Nutrition, in the Post High School Food and Nutrition classes.  The purpose of the program is to engage youth athletes in learning the importance of proper nutrition and hydration for maximum athletic performance and for general health and well-being. 

Lesson activities also give youth the opportunity to explore habits and temptations that can negatively affect an athlete’s performance. The curriculum may be incorporated into any activity involving young athletes in health class, physical education class or athletic programs.  The curriculum included five lessons:  Eating for Excellence,  Hydration Station, Game Day Dining, Performance Robbers, and Fads and Facts. 

The extension agents extend special thanks to Dianne Griffin, John Berry, Brent Meyer and to Sonic Drive-In.