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ERIC Number: ED546842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Methods Document for the CDC and Bridging the Gap Local School Wellness Policy Briefs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and, more recently, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required all school districts participating in the federal Child Nutrition Programs (e.g., National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Afterschool Snack Program) to adopt and implement a local school wellness policy (i.e. wellness policy) beginning in school year 2006?-?2007. The wellness policies are required to include the following: (1) goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity (PA), and other activities that support student wellness; (2) nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages available during the school day outside of school meals (i.e., competitive foods); (3) requirements to allow stakeholder involvement in policy development, implementation, and reporting and to update the community on policy content and implementation efforts; and (4) a provision to designate officials responsible for ensuring compliance. Bridging The Gap (BTG) provides the only nationally representative data on wellness policy progress and opportunities annually since the mandate took effect at the beginning of school year 2006?-?2007 along with the concomitant state laws. For the purposes of this study, "Wellness Policy" was defined to include the following: (1) the actual district wellness policy; (2) the associated administrative policies, including implementation regulations, rules, procedures, or administrative guidelines; and (3) any district, state, or other policies (e.g., state Board of Education model policies) that were incorporated by reference within the wellness policy or administrative documents.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Authoring Institution: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)