Teachers College, Columbia University (Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy)
Building Healthy Communities
December 2018 - December 2019
Almost 1 in 3 children in New York State are overweight or obese, whereas 1 in 6 struggle with hunger—and the same child often faces both issues.
As a result, children confront physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, as well as experience decreased academic performance. Schools are a prime place to tackle these health disparities and support growth, development, and academic achievement, as children spend a significant amount of their time there. Local wellness policies provide guidelines related to nutrition and the physical activity environment in schools, and are an important opportunity for districts and schools to create and support healthy school environments and reduce health disparities. Federal law requires that all school districts have a local wellness policy, yet many districts struggle to develop meaningful policies, and schools are challenged to fully implement them.
NYSHealth awarded Teachers College, Columbia University, a grant to promote model local wellness policies for adoption by school districts in New York State.