Most US children attend school for 6 hours a day and consume as much as half of their daily calories at school. The school nutrition environment and services is part of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model and can help shape lifelong healthy eating behaviors.
CDC recommends that schools implement policies and practices to create a nutrition environment that supports students in making healthy choices. A healthy school nutrition environment provides students with nutritious and appealing foods and beverages, consistent and accurate messages about good nutrition, and ways to learn about and practice healthy eating throughout the time children spend on school grounds—including before- and after-school.
This CDC framework provides school nutrition professionals, school health professionals, administrators, teachers, and parents detailed information on the components of a school nutrition environment and how, together, they influence a students’ access to healthy foods and beverages at school.
- CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical ActivityCdc-pdf [PDF – 973KB]
- CDC Tips for Teachers—Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in the ClassroomCdc-pdf [PDF – 3.57MB]
- CDC School Health Index (online self-assessment and planning tool)
- The Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter LunchroomsExternal
- Voices for Healthy Kids resourcesExternal
- Action for Healthy Kids resourcesExternal
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation resourcesExternal
- WellSAT 2.0External