Promoting Healthy Behaviors

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Schools are in a unique position to promote healthy behaviors. Most children spend an average of 6 to 7 hours a day at school, which is a large part of their waking hours.It is important to consider the importance of nutrition services, physical education and physical activity, out of school time, tobacco use prevention, and sleep education in schools using a comprehensive approach.

School Nutrition

Most children consume up to half of their daily calories at school. The 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. It is also critical to teach kids to practice healthy eating throughout the time children spend on school grounds, including before and after-school.

Physical Education and Physical Activity

Schools are in a unique position to help students attain the recommended 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions.
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