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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What It Takes to Bring Healthier School Foods to 31 Million Kids

September 7, 2017 | Blog Post

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.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Statement on Nutrition Standards for School Meals

May 2, 2017 | News Release

A statement from Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reaffirming support for school meals standards.

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A Healthy New Era for School Meals

September 9, 2016 | Tool/Resource

Students like healthier lunches and are eating more of them! Join the movement for healthy school foods.

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Achieving Healthy Schools for All Kids in America

March 22, 2016 | Report

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.

Green Bean Queen

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.
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.

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.

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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.