Success Stories/Best Practices


Looking for examples of success or more ideas? Check out these stories to boost your wellness efforts.



Putting Local School Wellness Policies into Action: Stories from Schools

USDA. FNS. CDC.

Read these 11 stories from a diverse group of schools that succeeded in improving students’ nutritional and physical activity status through Local Wellness Policy. Each story provides examples of steps and strategies used to implement wellness policies, including activities in key areas such as improving school meals and increasing physical activity levels among students.


Wellness Stories (2016)

Alliance for Healthier Generation.

Various success stories from across the country on wellness initiatives in schools and afterschool. Scroll to the bottom of the page to filter by category or use a search term.


Success Stories (2015)

Action for Healthy Kids.

Provides success stories on active recess, taste tests, breakfast and other wellness related topics.


Case Studies (2016)

California Project LEAN.

Learn what prompted schools to take health initiatives in wellness policy through these case studies. Read how schools found solutions, implemented changes, and experienced benefits as a result of policy change.


Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity: School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (September 2011)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity: School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.


School Nutrition Success Stories (August 2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories tells the stories of schools and school districts that have implemented innovative strategies to improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold outside of Federal meal programs. Can filter by category including nutrition polices and standards, parental leadership, and more!