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School districts battling student obesity
WATERVLIET -- The childhood obesity battle continues to plague schools nationwide, and the number is even growing in some local school districts.
According to statistics from the New York State Health Department, more than half of Watervliet students are overweight at 50.9%. Dr. Lori Caplan, the district superintendent, said that the district has already taken measures to curb the issue.
"We don't have any junk food here at school. We have to stay within the perimeters that state ed sets because we get reimbursed for the free and reduced lunch," she said.
Caplan said that the problem is getting worse with younger children, who become obese and overweight by the time they are in high school, and don't feel comfortable participating in physical education.
Other districts struggling, according to the report, are Albany, Cohoes, Ravena, and Lansingburgh.