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View various reports, issue briefs, data sets, and coding and evaluation tools related to wellness policies.



Nutrition and Physical Activity

The National Association of State Boards of Education.

NASBE provides capacity-building assistance and information to education leaders to help them establish, maintain, and evaluate healthy school nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention environments. Provided on this site are publications, reports and guidelines to help with establishing school wellness policies.


School Health Reports and Studies

Topic areas include plate waste, health policies, walk to school programs, and more.


Promoting Health through Local School Wellness Policies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bridging the Gap.

A series of briefs provide an assessment of policies across school districts nationwide, related to seven wellness policy components. State agencies, school districts, and schools can use these briefs to identify areas of opportunity to strengthen wellness policy components.


School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children’s Health 5 Years After the Federal Mandate (PDF | 877.6 KB)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bridging the Gap.

This new report examines the latest data on wellness policies from nationally representative samples of school districts for each year, 2006-2007 through 2010-2011, including comparisons in policy provisions.


Feet on Scale Childhood Obesity Reports and Studies

Review research related to childhood obesity, divided into the following sections: Overview of the Obesity Epidemic; Prevention and Treatment; Scientific Observations on Obesity, and Statistics and Tracking.


Comprehensive Coding System to Measure the Quality of School Wellness Policies (PDF | 284 KB)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The School Wellness Policy Evaluation Tool offers a consistent and reliable means of assessing the comprehensiveness and strength of school wellness policies within or among states.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation School Wellness Policy Research

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Find more research, news, articles, and issue briefs related to school wellness.


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 . CDC .

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.