Schools play a critical role in obesity prevention through the implementation of policies and programs to increase access and consumption of healthy foods and beverages, providing nutrition education, and offering opportunities for safe physical activity.


Strategy 1

Develop, implement, and regularly assess school wellness policies that meet or exceed best practices standards and incorporate topics related to coordinated school health. Report local wellness policy and programming implementation data to decision-makers and stakeholders.

Strategy 2

Provide access to fresh, clean water throughout the day and offer drinking vessels to encourage and increase consumption.

Strategy 3

Limit the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Strategy 4

Focus on parent engagement and development in health and wellness initiatives to support family and community health. For example, develop and convene active wellness councils and empower parents to engage as partners in the process.

Strategy 5

Provide opportunities to engage and develop youth to be partners in health.

Strategy 6

Collect and use data to shape policies and programming to improve students’ health and academic performance.

Strategy 7

Provide lactation accommodations for both staff and students.

Strategy 8

Implement a trauma-informed approach within the school setting.


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Create healthy food environments
Reduce access to and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
Increase participation in safe physical activity
Promote breastfeeding
Focus on early childhood

Develop and engage youth, families and communities
Partner with land use & regional planning efforts
Collaborate with food and nutrition programs
Focus on Policy & Advocacy