CDC report shows progress in school health practices

Aug. 26, 2013, U.S. News & World Report

By Allie Bidwell

Over the last several years, more schools nationwide have begun implementing nutrition and health policies and requiring physical education programs, according to a report released Aug. 26 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC reported that more schools are cracking down on the types of companies that can advertise on school grounds and what types of food are available in vending machines. Since 2006, there has been a 13 percentage point decrease in the number of school districts that allow soft drink companies to advertise on campus, and a 13.6 percentage point increase in the number of districts that prohibit offering junk food in vending machines. Continue reading

Most kids don’t get enough PE, says study

July 10, 2012, CNN

Most schools in the United States are not offering children the suggested amount of physical education, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by Bryan McCullick, a kinesiology professor at the University of Georgia, examined all 50 of the United States and found six states where elementary schools followed recommended physical education guidelines. Two states followed the guidelines at the middle school level, and no states had strong enough regulations at the high school level. Continue reading

New brief summarizes research on physical activity in after-school programs

Nearly one in three young people in the United States are overweight or obese and lack of physical activity contributes to the epidemic.

Leading public health officials recognize after-school programs as an important setting for promoting physical activity and preventing obesity. In recent years, 14 states have adopted policies and national standards have been developed to help increase the amount of physical activity children accumulate while attending after-school programs, but many of this standards and policies lack clearly defined benchmarks. Continue reading