Keys to Success for Putting School Wellness Policies into Action


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A number of factors can help make school wellness policies a success.

To provide parents and educators with examples of what’s worked in schools so far, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathered a series of 11 stories from schools throughout the U.S.

In their study of what works best the CDC found 7 commonalities among schools with successful school wellness policies including:

  • A “wellness champion” (parent, teacher, administrator, or community member) who served as the driving force for developing and implementing
    the wellness policy;
  • A wellness council to lead implementation efforts;
  • Students who were involved in the design process through activities (i.e. students participated in taste tests);
  • Parents were invited to help set wellness goals and plan activities help to ensure support
    and participation;
  • Partnerships with community groups who provided resources for wellness activities;
  • External funding to help schools and districts accomplish many of their wellness activities;
  • Evaluating and monitoring wellness activities was a challenge for many schools and districts.

Click here to read the CDC’s case studies and full report of what works best in schools.

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