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.
Healthy changes made to school foods in the last seven years give us hope and confidence that we can help schools more fully integrate health into everything they do.
A statement from Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reaffirming support for school meals standards.
Students like healthier lunches and are eating more of them! Join the movement for healthy school foods.
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.
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.