Elementary School Survey

This page highlights research products related to our annual survey of elementary school administrators. To see products from other research activities, click on the "Research" tab above.

Beverages Sold in Public Schools

Research Brief

Beverages Sold in Public Schools: Some Encouraging Progress, Additional Improvements are Needed

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Physical Activity Breaks in Schools Brief

Research Brief

Activity Breaks: A Promising Strategy for Keeping Children Physically Active at School

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Featured Research Product

January 2012 Report

School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Survey Results (Volume 2)

This report provides updated results from one of the most comprehensive studies of health-related policies and practices in U.S. elementary schools to date. The major findings and trends presented in this report describe issues relevant to childhood obesity for four school years, from 2006-07 to 2009-10.

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November 2010 Report

School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Survey Results (Volume 1)

This report, released in November 2010, provides results from one of the most comprehensive studies of health-related policies and practices in U.S. elementary schools to date. The major findings and trends presented describe issues relevant to childhood obesity during two school years, 2006–07 and 2007-08.  Findings are based on surveys of administrators at public and private elementary schools and represent about 21 million K-5 students for each year.

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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.

- Learn more about our study of district wellness policies

- Learn more about our study of secondary school practices

Video Q&A re: November 2010 Report

Lead author of this report, Lindsey Turner, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Chicago, answers several questions about its key findings and policy opportunities.

Competitive Foods Brief

This brief reviews research on the sale and consumption of competitive foods and beverages in schools. It also presents the latest findings on the availability of these products among U.S. elementary school students.

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Elementary School Surveys

These files provide the survey sent to elementary school administrators each school year, 2006-07 through 2012-13.

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Download 2013 survey >