ERIC Number: ED541171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
How to Make Our Schools Healthy: Healthy Schools Program. Program Results Progress Report
Brown, Michael H.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Healthy Schools Program provides technical assistance to help schools engage administrators, teachers, parents and vendors in increasing access to physical activity and healthier foods for students and staff. Current grants run to September 2013. The program addresses two policy priorities of the Childhood Obesity team: (1) Ensure that all foods and beverages served and sold in schools meet or exceed the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans; (2) Increase the time, intensity and duration of physical activity during the school day and during out-of-school programs. The Healthy Schools Program is not a classroom curriculum or a prescription for gym activities. Instead, the program is trying to make kids healthier by improving their schools' policies and practices--everything from what's served in the cafeteria to how long recess lasts. Significant results of the program include: (1) Of 1,313 schools that enrolled prior to September 2009 and completed a follow-up wellness assessment, three-quarters made at least one improvement in one of the eight targeted areas; (2) At the program's June 2010 recognition ceremony, 179 schools earned awards--148 bronze, 30 silver and one gold. While that is only a fraction of the participating schools, the achievement was still an increase of more than 50 percent over the number of schools recognized in the previous year; (3) The gold recognition award--the first for any school--went to Memorial High School in West New York, N.J. Gold requires satisfaction of most of the criteria. Platinum takes basically 100 percent compliance. A bibliography is included.
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), Physical Activities, Technical Assistance, Dietetics, Nutrition, Obesity, Health Promotion, Child Health, Food, Physical Activity Level, School Policy, Lunch Programs, Grants
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation