Healthy Schools

Did you know 1 in 3 public school children will be Latino in a few years?

Yet Latino students are more exposed to unhealthy food in and out of school than their peers.

Stronger school food standards and culturally relevant physical activity programs are needed to improve nutrition and activity in school, as well as before and after, for Latino and all kids.

Explore Research: Schools & Latino Kids

Take action to get healthier schools for kids!

Kids spend most of their day at school. Here are ways you can help make their time, healthy time.

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What is the one thing you want most for kids in your schools? Salud America! can customize an “Action Pack” just for you to help you build a case and get supporters for your big idea!

Get better school food

Latino-majority schools often lack access to healthy food. But new strategies are rising to reduce sugary drink consumption and promote healthier food in school and afterschool programs!

Expand PE and recess

If kids aren't active at school, when can they be. Here are stories about and resources for teachers, parents, schools, and entire districts helping kids get the physical activity they need at school!

Get ideas for healthy schools!

Salud Hero Success Stories

School Dietician Uses Student Videos to Give Health a Starring Role

Barbara Berger was more than concerned—she was downright worried about the growing weight and health of her students. The school dietitian in Las ...



of Latino parents support public funding for afterschool programs.


fewer minutes

Girls in Latino majority schools engaged in 10 fewer minutes of vigorous activity than girls at white majority schools.



improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness after 16-walking walking program.

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