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Breaking News: Little Rock School District Just Became First in U.S. to Pass Hydration Policies

The Little Rock School District just became the first school district in the nation to adopt a hydration policy. The measure allows students to bring water bottles with them into classrooms and it requires all new construction and major renovation projects that happen at schools to include water bottle filling stations in their blueprints.

January 10, 2020

News from Vermont: Maple Run Unified School District Wellness Policy!

The Maple Run Unified School District school board voted in favor of the adoption of a new wellness policy in St. Albans, Vermont, impacting thousands of students!

June 7, 2019

Water Bottle Filling Stations in Kentucky Schools!

Kentucky has become the first state to require water bottle filling stations for all newly constructed schools and school modernization projects!

April 22, 2019

Breaking News: Kansas City School Wellness Policy!

On December 12th, Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education passed a wellness policy to ensure opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day!

Voices for Healthy Kids

December 20, 2018

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.


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

USDA Announces Additional Efforts to Make School Environments Healthier

Today, the Obama Administration is announcing four final rules that implement important provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) building on the progress schools across the country have already made in the improved nutritional quality of meals served in schools.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

July 21, 2016

Local School Wellness Policies to Improve Food Marketing in Schools

The final rule published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make the school food environment healthier by allowing the marketing of only healthier foods—foods that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards.  Those standards apply to foods sold a la carte in the cafeteria, as well as through school stores, vending machines, and many on-campus fundraisers.

Center for Science in Public Interest

July 21, 2016