LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City and Los Angeles Unified School District officials Thursday participated in a walk-to-school event encouraging physical fitness, one day after the state began sending home so-called “fat letters” to parents.
The letters provide information on how children met or failed to meet California Physical Fitness Test standards in terms of strength, flexibility and body-mass index.
Body composition scans suggest a large number of LAUSD students tested are at high risk for obesity-related problems, specifically 42.7 percent of fifth-graders, 39.1 percent of seventh-graders and 34.8 percent of ninth-graders.
Only 18.7 percent fulfilled all six fitness criteria, along with 21.4 percent of seventh-graders and 28.4 percent of ninth-graders, according to the California Department of Education.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Superintendent John Deasy participated in the walk to school event at Calvert Elementary in Woodland Hills to encourage physical activity.
Garcetti said the recent letters are a wake up for parents.
“A friendly reminder that you can do something to extend the life of your kids, to make sure they have healthy lives, cut our medical costs,” he told KNX 1070.