The nation's premier research center on health and nutrition has issued a damning report on the health of children in Louisiana. Baton Rouge's Pennington Biomedical Research Center says that we deserve no better than a "D."
As Times-Picayune reporter Jan Moller puts it in this article, Louisiana's children are "too fat, don't get enough exercise and watch too much TV..."
There is no doubt a correlation between the health of our children and their success in school. When LFT calls for a bolder, broader approach to education, this is one of the things we mean. Demanding more accountability from our schools is fine, but success also depends on a determination in the community at large to do better by our children.
The full Pennington report can be viewed here.