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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.


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