Highlights of School Nutrition Report

Posted on November 18, 2008

I was cruising around the CDC’s website and found a report showing how schools are decreasing the availability of junk food to students. 

Here are some highlights from The School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) 2006, done by the CDC and published in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of School Health:

– Schools selling water in vending machines or school stores increased from 30 percent in 2000 to 46 percent in 2006.

– Schools that sold cookies, cake, or other high-fat baked goods in vending machines or school stores decreased from 38 percent in 2000 to 25 percent in 2006.

– The percentage of schools that offered French fries a la carte decreased from 40 percent to 19 percent.  

See the full report from the CDC here.

So there is some progress being made with the types food being offered at schools and that is a good thing.  While I think these are good steps, I still think it starts with education.  School-aged kids and teens should be educated so they can make better food choices.

“If we want to build on the improvements that schools have made over the past six years, we need to involve many people and programs.  Families, schools, school boards, and school administrators all need to work together to develop and implement policies and programs that promote health and safety among our nation’s young people.”

–Director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health

The best improvement we can make, in my opinion, is to make good choices ourselves.  When we (parents, future parents, teachers, administrators, everyone!) show examples of good eating and physical activity, our kids will follow. 

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