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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
School Health Council Update
February 2011



Youth Obesity Rate Rising in Males, Steady in Females Over Last Decade

Research Finds that Kids Weight Gain not Due to Junk Food at Schools

Getting Kids to Eat their Veggies – Use Pictures Not Words

Nearly Half of Nation’s Youngest Students Can Buy Junk Food at Schools

New Publications

Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in Student Health (CDC)

What Works for Asthma Education Programs (ChildTrends)

School Bus Advertising Fact Sheet

New Resources

Healthy School Report Card Online Analysis Tool (ASCD)

Farm to School Funding Opportunities – Comprehensive Resource List (USDA)


Students Continue to have Access to Competitive Foods
This study demonstrated that nearly half of US elementary school students could buy unhealthy snacks—such as cookies, cakes and baked goods—outside of school meals during the 2009-10 school year.

Elementary Schools Improving Some Nutrition Practices, Making No Progress on Physical Activity
This major report finds that elementary schools are making some improvements to school meals and allowing sales of only healthy beverages on campus, although there are virtually no changes to PE, recess or after-school programs that encourage physical activity. More elementary schools are offering whole grains and low-fat milks for lunch, but schools have not cut back on foods that are high in fat, sugar and/or sodium, such as pizza and deep-fried potatoes. Elementary schools are beginning to trend towards allowing only healthy beverages, such as water, 100 percent juice and low-fat milks, to be sold outside of school meals.

Teacher Awareness Critical for Policy Implementation
This survey of Utah’s Gold Medal Schools program indicated that establishing food and physical activity policies at schools does not ensure teacher awareness or implementation. To promote awareness and implementation, school eladers should involve teachers in policy development, remind teachers of policies at least once per semester, and continue to educate them about childhood obesity.


Marketing & Branding in School Food (Archive)

An excellent webinar on utilizing marketing and branding principles in school food service from January 2012.

Integrating Nutrition Education into Physical Education (Let’s Move in Schools)
March 7, 1-1:45 pm EST
Nutrition is an important part of students’ overall fitness and health.  Learn simple ways to effectively integrate nutrition education into an existing physical education curriculum.  Hear from physical educators who are successfully implementing nutrition into their PE programs. To register:


School Mental Health Education Grants
The purpose of this funding is to implement the Typical or Troubled? educational model in communities nationwide. This educational presentation is the core of the program and is designed to be presented by teachers, administrators, counselors or school social workers in partnership with psychiatrists or other mental health professionals. The educational tools also encourage learning and dialogue with parents about their teen’s mental health and how to support their emotional well-being.

Multiple awards of up to $2,500 will be granted to select applicants. Community organizations, schools, and school districts are eligible to apply. Deadline: March 30, 2012. For more information

Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP)
ChildObesity180 has launched Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) Innovation Competition. The competition is looking to uncover and highlight the most innovative and effective physical activity programs in schools across the country.  ASAP wants to learn about any approach that motivates quality physical activity at school and beyond. If you have a great physical activity program and want the opportunity to share your program’s success, enter the competition for a chance to win up to $100,000. Top programs also will have an opportunity to develop and expand their initiative to other schools. Deadline for entries: April 2, 2012. Go to to learn more and enter.

EPA Funding Opportunity: Reducing Exposure to Pollutants (School and Home Focused)
This RFA solicits applications from eligible entities for projects to conduct demonstration, training, education and/or outreach activities to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes, primarily in homes and schools. State governments are eligible.This announcement solicits applications for activities that will be carried out at the regional, state, or local level within the ten EPA regions. Within this solicitation, assistance agreement requirements and specific priorities are identified for each of the ten EPA Regional program offices. Applications will be evaluated and selected by the EPA Regional office for the geographic area where the project is proposed to be conducted. Projects must be performed entirely within one region. Applications are due April 12, 2012. For more information: