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.
October 9-13 is National School Lunch Week! Share the resources below to show your support for healthier school meals and snacks.
This infographic illustrates how parents can encourage healthy eating habits by making a school lunch date with their child.
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.
This infographic illustrates that schools that offer healthier snacks can help students consume fewer calories and reduce unwanted weight gain.
Creating Healthier Schools Across the Country
This video series highlights how schools participating in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program are transforming to provide healthier meals and snacks for their students.
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?
A poll released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, RWJF, and the American Heart Association found that among registered voter parents with school-age children, more than 70 percent of those surveyed support the updated nutrition standards for school meals and snacks.
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.