Though it has not necessarily been easy, thousands of school districts now offer nutrient-dense whole wheat grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins to children who participate in school meal programs. So what does it take to get kids to consume healthy meals, preferably with delectable delight?
Many people see school gardens as outdoor learning labs where students expand their knowledge of healthy foods, their nutrients and the science behind them. Now there’s evidence that school gardens can be sources of important physical activity, too.
Dialogue on playground design has been going on for decades. And while the larger trend in the U.S. has been toward durability and safety, all along there’s been an undercurrent advocating challenge and greater risk-taking opportunities, particularly in Europe, where laws limit liability.
Two thousand school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the United States form part of an invaluable network of accessible providers who help students get preventive care, cope with trauma and violence and manage chronic diseases like asthma, obesity and diabetes. Thriving Schools invites you to take a closer look at SBHCs.
California Thursdays, the brainchild of the Center for Ecoliteracy and Oakland Unified School District, is a bold effort to get fresh healthy food into school lunchrooms while supporting local farmers, ranchers, fishermen and dairies. Nutrition directors in some of state's smallest and largest districts have become staunch advocates of the initiative. Fifteen districts are already participating and more will climb aboard in 2015.
School lunch advocates committed to growing healthy kids have coined a new refrain: “It’s not nutrition until it’s eaten!” Luckily, research and training are making it easier to increase the likelihood that kids will make healthy choices.
ChopChop magazine reaches more than three million families each year with nutritious, great-tasting and inexpensive recipes. The kid-centric quarterly offers a solution to the obesity epidemic: Get Americans cooking real food again, at home with their families.
Research now confirms that children who are allowed to let screens colonize their minds for hours on end are more likely to become obese. There's a great deal parents and schools can do to help monitor and limit screen time and encourage physically active fun.
A movement is afoot to provide teachers with the professional development and resources they need to integrate physical activity into the hours before, during and after school. Meet Normandie Nigh, an activist who knows how to make every step count.
We live in a world that accepts bias against people who are overweight, and our children suffer as a consequence. The Yale Rudd Center has produced a wealth of accessible resources to help educators and parents to understand and address weight-based bias.