Healthy School Environments

This series highlights the latest research showing why a healthier school day is vital to building a Culture of Health, including healthier school meals and snacks and increased physical activity.

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Students laughing and enjoying a healthy school lunch.

Apart from their homes, most children spend more time at school than any other place. A growing body of research shows that healthier school meals and snacks can help improve kids’ diets and may help reduce obesity, while increased physical activity for students improves health as well as academic achievement. This series highlights the latest research showing why a healthier school day is vital to building a Culture of Health.

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Leaps and Bounds: The Many Rewards of Physical Activity

September 23, 2015 | Infographic

When we expand the availability of physical activity in schools and communities across the nation, we are not just helping to reverse America's childhood obesity epidemic—we’re also providing children a strong foundation for learning and health.

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Infographic: Students and Parents Support Healthier School Meals

July 6, 2015 | Infographic

Research shows students and parents support healthier school meals.

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RWJF Statement on 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report

May 11, 2015 | News Release

RWJF commends the Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee for addressing critical diet-related health issues in the next version of the guidelines to be released in latter part of 2015.

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Improvements in School Lunches Result in Healthier Options

April 14, 2015 | Issue Brief

Researchers examine the changes elementary schools have made to student lunches over the last eight school years.

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Less Waste, Healthier Consumption With New School Lunches

March 4, 2015 | News Release

Research shows after federal healthier school meal standards went into effect, students ate more fruit and threw away less of their entrees and vegetables.