Lifestyle patterns (what you eat, exercise level, tobacco use, etc.) usually begin in childhood. Unhealthy body composition, which is the percentage of fat to muscle mass and bone, is a contributing factor to chronic disease. By maintaining an active lifestyle, eating healthfully, and avoiding substance abuse, one can dramatically reduce the risk of developing a chronic disease.
Tahoe/Truckee students are more likely to have a healthy body composition when compared to Placer County and California (30.9% versus 26% and 38% respectively). However, children claiming Hispanic or Latino ethnicity tend to be approximately ten percent more likely to be in the unhealthy zone for body composition in the 5th grade (26% versus 37%). (http://www.kidsdata.org/region/1053/tahoe-truckee-joint-unified/results#cat=44&say=317&pf=1)