Bridging the Gap and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Briefs
Promoting Health through Local School Wellness Policies
Bridging the Gap collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a series of briefs highlighting opportunities to support wellness policies through evidence-based strategies. These briefs provide an assessment of policies across school districts nationwide related to seven wellness policy components. They also highlight areas of opportunity for state agencies, school districts, and schools to strengthen wellness policy components.
February 2013 Report
School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children's Health Five Years After the Federal Mandate (Volume 3)
This new report examines the latest data on wellness policies from nationally representative samples of school districts for each year, 2006-07 through 2010-11. The report shows trends and comparisons in policy provisions, e.g., school meal guidelines, competitive food and beverage guildelines, physical activity goals, and other federally-required provisions, that were in effect during the 2006-07 and the 2010-11 school years. It also includes new data on wellness policy reporting requirements and a comparison of districts' competitive food and beverage guidelines with the 2007 Institute of Medicine (IOM) nutritional standards for foods in schools.
August 2010 Report
School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children's Health Three Years After the Federal Mandate (Volume 2)
This report, released in August of 2010, presents updated data from our comprehensive review of wellness policies from nationally representative samples of school districts. The report examines districts' policy provisions for school meal guidelines, physical activity goals, and other requirements of the federal mandate. It also compares districts' competitive food and beverage guidelines with the 2007 Institute of Medicine (IOM) nutritional standards for foods in schools. Data are presented for 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 (the three school years immediately following the required adoption date for these policies), and detailed data on competitive food and beverage guildelines are provided for school year 2008-09.
July 2009 Report
Local Wellness Policies: Assessing School District Strategies for Improving Children's Health (Volume 1)
This report, released in July of 2009, presents data from the first comprehensive review of wellness policies from a nationally representative sample of school districts. Our researchers evaluated policies related to nutrition education, school meals, competitive food and beverage guidelines, physical activity, physical education, food and beverage marketing in schools, and evaluation strategies for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years, the first two years of the wellness policy requirement.
Download July 2009 Executive Summary >
In 2006, Bridging the Gap began an ongoing, large-scale study to gather nationally representative data about school district policies and school practices relevant to childhood obesity.
May 2014 Presentation Slides
Resources to Support Local School Wellness Policy Revision and Implementation
This presentation provides an overview of the new proposed requirements for local school wellness policies; introduces the new series of research briefs that can inform revision and implementation of wellness policies; and identifies key resources from USDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Action for Healthy Kids for states and school districts working on wellness policies.
Lead author of this report, Jamie Chriqui, Ph.D., M.H.S., of the University of Illinois at Chicago, answers several questions about its key findings and policy opportunities.
These files include information in Local Wellness Policies: Assessing School District Strategies for Improving Children’s Health: School Years 2006-07 and 2007-08, as well as additional information not found in the July 2009 report. Data are presented by race/ethnicity of the districts’ students, socioeconomic status, geographic region and locale. Data for the 2008-09 school year coming soon.
Wellness Policy Coding Tool
These files provide the coding tools utilized to evaluate the school district wellness policies in place by the first day of the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.
These slides provide a brief overview of the district wellness policy study methods and highlight findings from the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.
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