Schools across the country are taking several steps to fight obesity by providing healthier foods, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC’s 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study surveyed more than 800 school districts in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, finding a significant trend in prohibiting junk foods and some positive steps in getting students more active. Meanwhile, some districts have struggled with the changes, and some schools have quit the healthier lunch program.
The report was applauded by Voices for Healthy Kids movement, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that works to ensure schools provide an environment that encourages healthy eating.
“Everyone wants children to grow up healthy,” says Jill Birnbaum, executive director for Voices for Healthy Kids at the American Heart Association. “As schools serve up better options and keep ads for junk food and sugary drinks out of their schools, kids will be better fueled to learn.”
More details of the report are available in this news release.