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Knowledge Check


You are a physical education teacher at Jefferson Middle School and have been invited to serve on the School Health Team. As a member of the team, you are involved in conducting an overall review of Jefferson Middle School’s physical activity and nutrition programs.

Using CDC’s School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, you begin with a review of your school’s:

  • Policies and practices
  • Environment
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical education and physical activity programs

Read the following statements to select the most appropriate response.


  1. Jefferson Middle School participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s federally sponsored school meal programs for nutrition services. Which of these students is not eligible to participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs?
  1. As you review Jefferson Middle School’s environment, you note that food is often given by teachers as rewards for sitting still and being quiet in class. This is OK because it encourages students to have positive behavior.
  1. Jefferson Middle School’s physical education classes are typically laid out like this:
    • 5 minutes: Roll Call/Plan for the day
    • 10 minutes: Stretching
    • 10 minutes: Warm‐up run
    • 5 minutes: Activity instructions
    • 25 minutes: Activity (e.g., volleyball, flag football, tennis, etc.)
    • 5 minutes: Clean‐up

    The physical education classes meet the recommendations for the percent of time students should be active during the class.

  1. After completing the assessment of Jefferson Middle School’s physical activity and nutrition programs, the School Health Team developed and implemented policies and practices to improve students’ health. Next, the School Health Team needs to _____ and _____ the new policies and practices to determine if change has improved students’ health.