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Healthier Schools for
Healthier Students

The Healthy Schools Program is one of RWJF's biggest investments in efforts to prevent childhood obesity.


schools were honored by @HealthierGen at the 2012 Healthy Schools Program Forum

Gold Award School

There's Gold in California!

Cleminson Elementary in El Monte, Calif., received a Gold National Recognition Award, the highest level of recognition, at the 2012 Healthy Schools Program Forum. Watch the video to learn more!

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Profiles of Gold Award Winners

Cleminson Elementary School

Cleminson Elementary School

The cafeteria at Cleminson Elementary school in El Monte, Calif., is no ordinary cafeteria. Nowhere else can students eat "X-ray vision carrots" or an "ironman spinach salad."

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Terence C. Reilly School No. 7

Terence C. Reilly School No. 7

Principal Jennifer Cedeno chalks up her students' attention spans—and their academic performance—to an innovative health and nutrition program.

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Healthy Schools Program evaluation shows promising results. Learn more!

Healthy Schools Program Evaluation

Schools Need Support to Become Healthier

An evaluation of the Healthy Schools Program found that schools that participated in more training and technical assistance made the most progress in implementing policies and programs that support healthy eating and regular physical activity among students. A sample of 21 schools also showed promising indications that when schools implement the program, students’ average body mass index, diet, and physical activity improve.

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Quick Facts

  • Fifty-six percent of schools improved the nutritional value of the foods served as a part of school lunch and breakfast.
  • Forty-four percent of schools enhanced their physical education programs.
  • In the 21 school sample, children's average body mass index decreased significantly between 2007-2008 and 2009 -2010, and decreases were found primarily among middle school students.

Make Your School Healthier!

The Healthy Schools Program works with more than 15,000 schools across the country, reaching more than 9 million students, as well as teachers and other school staff. Learn more about the program, including how to help your school join.

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