Schools

Voices for Healthy Kids is working to improve the environment where children learn.

Kids spend a great deal of time at school, where eating healthy and learning about health contribute to higher academic achievement. Students consume nearly two-thirds of their calories while at school and may not be getting the quality physical education they need to achieve ideal health as an adult.

Voices for Healthy Kids will work with state agencies and local school boards to support efforts to make the school day healthier:

School foods — Increase the number of states that have statewide policies for schools to implement both federal competitive foods standards and the meal standards outlined in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Physical activity and physical education — Promote more frequent, effective physical education in schools as the cornerstone of comprehensive physical activity before, during, and after the school day. Address standards-based curriculum, appropriate professional development for teachers, teacher certification/licensing, waivers/substitution, student assessment, and accountability. Support other physical activity opportunities including active transportation policy (Safe Routes to School), recess, classroom physical activity breaks, shared use policies, and intramural/club/varsity sports programs.

School marketing — Eliminate marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages in schools.

Wellness policies — Establish state regulations to support and strengthen the local school wellness policy requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Support the creation and strengthening of school health councils.

Water access — Ensure water is free, clean, and accessible in the school setting.