Published Online: August 11, 2009
Published in Print: August 12, 2009, as Wellness Policies

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Wellness Policies

"Local School Wellness Policies: Assessing School District Strategies for Improving Children's Health"

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Most of the school wellness policies that districts now have in place are weak, a report concludes.

The study, released last month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, N.J., draws from a representative sample of 500 to 600 districts that had wellness policies in place at the start of either the 2006-07 or 2007-08 school year.

Researchers found, for instance, that while most districts outlined strong nutritional guidelines for school meals, fewer requirements were in place for food sold in á la carte lines, vending machines, and school stores.

The study also found that only 18 percent of elementary school students were enrolled in a district that requires daily recess, and that some districts require a specific amount of time for physical activity but not for physical education.

Vol. 28, Issue 37, Page 5

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