Many children spend most of their waking hours and eat up to half their daily calories at school. If we want our kids to be healthy and active over their lifetimes, schools have a crucial role to play in cultivating healthy nutrition, physical activity habits and overall wellness. When kids are healthy and active, we know they perform better academically and even behave better in the classroom.

Together, with parents, local policy makers, school administrators, students, and other members of the community, we can create a school environment that ensures our kids have access to nutritious meals and regular physical activity. That is where this toolkit comes in. Raise your hand and use the information and resources here to support healthy changes in your community—guaranteeing all kids can improve their nutrition and fitness habits, making for fewer health problems later in life.

Voices for Healthy Kids is dedicated to making sure schools are places that support the wellness of all children – no matter where they live, what school they attend, or what grade they are in. It’s good for their health now and in the future. And that is good for all of us.

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Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?

For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a new era of student testing and school compliance.

The Atlantic

March 22, 2017

Wellness Committee forming in Marshalltown schools Marshalltown

Wellness is a vital part of the educational environment. Students can’t be expected to learn if they aren’t healthy and there are many studies out there that support a positive correlation between student wellness and learning. The Marshalltown Community School District hopes the establishment of a new district-wide Wellness Committee will help to encourage a culture of health and wellness within Marshalltown Schools and across the Marshalltown community.

Times-Republican

March 22, 2017

Washington County school system updating wellness policies to meet federal rules

Washington County Public Schools officials are working through wellness policy updates to address a federal directive that aims to create a healthier school environment as the nation continues to look for ways to combat childhood obesity.

Herald-Mail Media

March 8, 2017