Provide access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities and to safe spaces, facilities, and equipment for healthy eating and physical activity.
Establish a climate that encourages and does not stigmatize healthy eating and physical activity.
Create a school environment that encourages a healthy body image, shape, and size among all students and staff members, is accepting of diverse abilities, and does not tolerate weight-based teasing.
Q: Should healthy foods and beverages only be available in the cafeteria?
A: No, healthy dietary choices should be available in the cafeteria for meal choices as well as other places where food and beverages are available (e.g., vending machines, schools stores, classroom parties, fundraisers).
Eating areas should be clean, pleasant, and have suitable seating for students. In the cafeteria, students should be able to enjoy the social aspects of dining without whistles or eating-under-silence orders.
Q: What makes a facility suitable for eating?
A: Eating areas should be clean, pleasant and have suitable seating for students. In the cafeteria, students should be able to enjoy the social aspects of dining without whistles or eating-under-silence orders.
Q: Should physical activity only be incorporated during physical education classes?
A: No, opportunities for physical activity should be incorporated before, during, and after the school day.
Q: Should physical activity be used as a form of punishment?
A: No, teachers should not use physical activity as punishment, nor should they deny physical activity opportunities to students.
Q: How can teachers reward student achievement or positive behavior?
A: Teachers can reward achievements and positive classroom behavior by using nonfood items or activities, such as stickers, books, or extra time for recess to support student health.
Q: How do policies discourage school bullying?
A: Well-written school bullying policies that are consistently enforced can discourage students from bullying other students about their weight or body size.