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.
A proceedings report from a working forum explains that healthy school environments can ensure that children have solid foundations for physical, social, and emotional health.
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.
Research shows students and parents support healthier school meals.
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.
Researchers examine the changes elementary schools have made to student lunches over the last eight school years.
Watch a wacky cafeteria manager and no-nonsense physical education teacher join together to transform John M. Sexton Elementary School into a healthy place to learn, work, and play.
A Focus on Healthy Children
RWJF funds projects that enable children, particularly those most vulnerable, to grow up physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively well and at a healthy weight.
A study by the Healthy Eating Research program assessed the nutritional content of school meals selected by students before and after updated standards. Are students choosing to eat healthier?
According to an Active Living Research program brief, physical activity can have immediate and long-term benefits on academic performance. Learn about the effects of physical activity on the developing brain.
Researchers report on the combined effect of healthier school meal and snack standards on revenues, and participation in school meal programs, in a study by the Health Eating Research program.