AMERICA'S SCHOOLS are about to be enlisted as front-line units in the effort to make more children and adolescents healthier.
Added to their educational duties next month will be implementation of a brand-new report entitled A Call to Action. The CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health is a major player in this joint public and private project.
With the National Association of State Boards of Education and the American Medical Association, it has formed the National Commission on the Role of the School and the Community in Improving Adolescent Health. Lloyd Kolbe, PhD, director of this 1 1/2-year-old part of the CDC, says the imperative driving the creation of the division, the commission, and the report is the need to prevent "something of which we as a nation should not be proud—the appalling rate of preventable morbidity and mortality in our 1- to 24-year-old age group due to behaviors."