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A healthy lifestyle is being taught in the classroom at a Columbia school

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Students are swapping high calorie food for more healthy and nutritious lunches Students are swapping high calorie food for more healthy and nutritious lunches
Students are given extra recess time for more physical activity Students are given extra recess time for more physical activity

By: Michelle Burroughs

Children at the Jewish Day School in Columbia are learning how an active life style and eating the right foods can make for more positive days in the class room, or in life for that matter.

Dr. Powers-Costello, an early childhood education professor at USC, says a simple change like getting the students up and moving more often can make a huge difference.

"Exercise is important, healthy food is important, it can be enjoyable and it can really not just feed your head but your soul", Powers-Costello says.

Jewish Day School Principle Rabbi Meir Muller believes making these changes in school will help change the obesity problem in America.

"We limit our foods to less than ten grams of sugar and we don't use any artificially colorings or flavoring, says principle Rabbi Muller.

The students so far have been on board with swapping foods high in fat for more nutritious choices. One student says his new favorite snack is cucumbers. 

"We find our one year olds love the fruits and vegetables we are feeding them, principle Rabbi Muller says.

Healthier snacks is a leap in the right direction and Dr. Powers-Costello agrees that more physical activity included will make an even bigger impact.

"I think the opportunities to be outdoors, to exercise, to learn with your hands, it's profound, it's effective and it's meaningful," Dr. Powers-Costello says.

She also says that play is the work of the child and it's only the beginning to a healthier lifestyle.

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