The Case for Wellness Policies

Map of Obesity Rates

Explore these resources to understand why wellness policies are so important in promoting student health and wellness.



Physical Activity Data and Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


National Center for Health Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Overweight and Obesity Data and Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Childhood Overweight and Obesity Data and Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative.


F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012

TFAH; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Health and Academics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This Web site has resources and a general overview of the connection between the academic success of America’s youth and their health.


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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This report is a literature review that examines 23 years of research on the relationship between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. The majority of the studies in this review report that physical activity was positively related to academic performance. Most importantly, adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance. Schools should continue to offer and increase opportunities for student physical activity.


CDC's Youth Online

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Youth Online lets you analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from 1991 - 2011. Data from high school and middle school surveys are included. You can filter and sort on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or site, create customized tables and graphs, and perform statistical tests by site and health topic.


School Health Profiles

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments.


School Health Policies and Practices Study

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The School Health Policies and Practices Study * (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.


BMI Tool for Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Calculation tool for school, child care, and other professionals who want to compute BMI-for-age for a group of up to 2,000 children, such as for a school classroom or grade.


Addressing Weight Status Measurement in Schools

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

This research brief provides an assessment of weight status measurement policies across school districts nationwide. Use this brief to identify areas of opportunity within your school.


Shape of the Nation 2012

National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

This report provides a current picture of physical education in the American education system. Also find State profiles, State Standards for PE, and report highlights.


2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth (PDF | 4.7 MB)

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.

The Report Card is a evidence-based document providing a comprehensive evaluation of the physical activity levels and the indicators influencing physical activity among U.S. children and youth. It provides some health statistics on American children and youth, and assigns grades that reflect how well the U.S. is succeeding at providing children and youth opportunities and/or support for physical activity.


State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 2013 (PDF | 4,616.97 KB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This report provides information for each state on fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption, and environment and policy indicators of support for consumption. This report can be used to inform decision makers, and it shows that while F&V consumption is higher in some states than others, overall consumption in the US is low.