Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families

School Food & Nutrition

Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - March 2013 Report

Students at elementary schools participating in USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program consumed 15 percent more fruits and vegetables, based on an agriculture department study released today.

Evaluation of the Healthy School Meals Projects: Report of Findings from Ten California School Districts

"Evaluation of the Healthy School Meals Projects: Report of Findings from Ten California School Districts" presents findings from case studies of ten school districts' Healthy School Meals Projects funded by The California Endowment. School districts in the study used the funding to implement the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 and expand upon the Hunger Act nutrition rules.

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An Update on the Use and Value of School BMI Screening, Surveillance, and Reporting: Article

As more schools institute BMI screening and surveillance systems, their role has become more controversial, prompting growing and detailed discussion of whether or not this is a supportive action.

The Ethical Basis for Promoting Nutritional Health in Public Schools in the United States: Article

Schools may have an ethical obligation to act in response to the precipitous increase in the incidence of obesity among children. Using a bioethics framework, “The Ethical Basis for Promoting Nutritional Health in Public Schools in the United States” presents a rationale for school programs to improve the nutritional quality of students' diets.

Would Students Prefer to Eat Healthier Foods at School?: Article

The objectives of the Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) program were to understand how students in low-income communities in California assess their current school food environments, to identify the foods and beverages they want to be able to buy at school, and to determine the extent to which their stated preferences affect their purchasing and consumption patterns during the school day.

2010 California Obesity Prevention Plan - English, Spanish

The 2010 California Obesity Prevention Plan is a call to action for stakeholders from all the identified sectors—State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Employers; Health Care; Families; Community Organizations; Schools; Child Care; Food and Beverage Industry; and Entertainment and Professional Sports—to work together to improve the health of all Californians.

An Evaluation of the School Lunch Initiative: Final Report

Changing Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior in Relation to Food: An Evaluation of the School Lunch Initiative
This is the final report on the evaluation of the Berkeley School Lunch Initiative, by the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley. The report was commissioned by the Chez Panisse Foundation.

Eliminating Electrolyte Replacement Beverages in California Public schools

The consumption of electrolyte replacement beverages, which are becoming increasingly popular in public schools, is associated with weight gain, diabetes and obesity. Beverage standards recommended by the Institute of Medicine call for the elimination of electrolyte replacement beverages from public schools to promote healthy beverage consumption.

Lessons Learned From Evaluations of California’s Statewide School Nutrition Standards: Article

We assessed the impact of legislation that established nutrition standards for foods and beverages that compete with reimbursable school meals in California. Regulation of competitive foods improved school food environments and student nutritional intake. Improvements were modest, partly because many compliant items are fat- and sugar-modified products of low nutritional value.

Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL): Resources

The Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL) website, administered by the Center, lists resources, materials and information for schools, worksites, neighborhoods, and healthcare, as well as links to cross-sector postings and fundraising opportunities.