Schools Work to Make Nutrition Fun

nutrition in schools DALLAS  --  The Dallas Independent School District is calling on "Mister Tone" to cut down on student obesity. It's a program meant to make good nutrition and exercise fun.

The district is working with a private company to implement Operation Tone-Up next semester for 1,600 fourth graders at 20 elementary schools.

Associate Superintendent Celso Martinez said the program will give students an opportunity to learn good health habits.

Martinez said the issue is especially important for Hispanic students, who make up 65 percent of the district's population.

Concern over obesity came to a head last month when 13-year-old Jonathan Hernandez collapsed and died while running in gym class. He was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 240 pounds.

The grant-funded eight-week program involves students interacting with characters, game books and Web sites.

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