School Foods and Beverages
RWJF Priority: Ensure that all foods and beverages served and sold in schools meet or exceed the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The foods and beverages available in schools have a significant impact on children’s diets and their weight. In fact, children and adolescents consume more than 35 percent of their daily calories at school. That’s why replacing junk foods, sugary drinks and high-fat milks with healthier options is a critical strategy for improving children’s diets and reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.
The resources below, from RWJF grantees and partners, highlight recent efforts to examine the school food environment and identify the most promising solutions for improving the quality of foods and beverages available to students throughout the school day.