School Health Reports and Studies

Action for Healthy Kids: Latest Research and Reports

Action for Healthy Kids.

Action for Healthy Kids was created in 2002 in response to the Surgeon General's call for prevention and alleviation of childhood obesity and focuses on targeting childhood obesity through school programs. This Web site provides access to numerous downloadable reports addressing the issues of childhood obesity and how to implement programs in the school.


Adolescent and School Health

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Includes information about school health programs, health topics, and related data and statistics.


Calories In, Calories Out: Food and Exercise in Public Elementary Schools, 2005 (PDF | 880.26)

National Center For Educational Statistics.

Childhood obesity is on the rise and schools are taking different measures to try and prevent it. An evaluation of the 'energy balance' approach taken by schools to prevent childhood obesity.


Case Study Approach Examining Local Wellness Policy Development and the Perceived Impact to the School Community (PDF | 299.61 KB)

National Food Service Management Institute

Case study that evaluates the impact and success of local wellness policies, as well as the factors that prevent them from being successful.


Do Short Physical Activity Breaks in Classrooms Work? (PDF | 511.50 KB)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research

Programs that provide classroom physical activity breaks can increase physical activity, and improve on-task behavior as well as some measures of health. There are a variety of programs that can be used to help kids be active in as little as 10-15 minutes.


Healthy School Nutrition Environment: Results of a Nationwide Survey of School Personnel

NFSMI. Insight Newsletter.

Choose Insight No. 22 to view article. Survey sought school personnel perspective and ranking of the most important components and barriers related to an HSNE.


Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess (PDF | 217.87 KB)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research

Providing recess during the school day is an effective and efficient way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance among children. Recess is important because it can help kids get up to 40 percent of their total daily physical activity.


Methodology To Evaluate the Outcomes of the Team Nutrition Initiative in Schools (PDF | 2.23 MB)

USDA. Economic Research Service.

This project develops a data collection methodology to evaluate outcomes of Team Nutrition, a voluntary USDA school-based initiative to promote nutrition education, healthy eating, and physical activity.


School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An easy to use and confidential self-assessment and planning tool schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.


School Health Policies and Programs Study

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

National survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and programs at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.


School Health Profiles

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biennial survey of secondary schools provides a look at the current status of school health education including school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco use prevention, unintentional injuries and violence, physical activity, food service, physical education, asthma management activities, and family and community involvement in school health programs.


Soft Drinks in Schools

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Position papers intended to inform pediatricians and other health care professionals, parents, superintendents, and school board members about nutritional concerns regarding soft drink consumption in schools.


The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

CDC. Division of Adolescent and School Health.

The report indicates that school-based physical activity may help improve students' grades and test scores and positively affect other factors that influence academic achievement. The report also concludes that adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance.