As the U.S. population grows heavier and new science comes to light about the importance of proper exercise and diet required to maintain a healthy lifestyle, school districts are coming under increasing pressure to do more to promote health among the student body.
The Washington State Legislature is requiring schools to modify their policies on the food served outside of federal breakfast and lunch programs, as well as strengthen their nutrition and physical education curricula. WSSDA has just completed a model policy that will help districts meet the new state requirement that they have a comprehensive policy in place by August 2005.
This edition of Hot Topics summarizes the trends on child health, review federal and state law governing school nutrition, and provide information on additional resources that can help schools make more healthy choices available to students.
You may access the report online at WSSDA Hot Topics: Nutrition and Health in Schools
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