Making Nutrition and Health Changes in Schools

We all know the basic things taught in schools; English, math, history, science and the like. But in recent years many institutions have been focusing on other types of education as well, including the nutrition and health changes in schools.

With more and more schools realizing the phrase “you are what you eat,” is more than a catchy slogan, they are making an effort to promote healthier choices. Schools across the country have educated students by planting gardens, taking field trips to farmer’s markets and much more. The FDA is “working hard to support [schools making these changes] – through webinars, guidance, training, and more.”

On July 21st, 2016 the final rule, was published in the Federal Registrar under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  By June 30, 2017 all  local education agencies must have a reformed wellness policy, abiding by the following:

  • Allowing “parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public” to be a part of the revision process
  • Name and identify a school official who’s responsible for ensuring the policies are followed
  • Informing the public about the wellness policy
  • Goals for promoting nutrition and physical activity
  • Nutrition guidelines for all food and beverages sold on school grounds and ensuring they meet Federal regulations for “School meal nutrition standards, and Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.”
  • Policies for other food present in school (ex. Class parties, birthday treats brought in by parents, food reward systems etc.)
  • Policies for food marketing in the school

With this new rule in place, the hope is that each year schools continue to progress and make strides to improve the nutrition and health standards of the environment children are in. The USDA is “excited to see how school nutrition professionals will continue to empower students with the nutrition, tools, and education they need to pursue a tomorrow of endless possibility.”


Amanda De Moraes

Boston Tutoring Services

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