As states and districts mobilize to fight childhood obesity, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is releasing updated information regarding physical activity and nutrition in schools in its Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides. 

“Research has repeatedly shown that healthy students have a greater chance at academic success than those who are not,” said NASBE Executive Director Jim Kohlmoos. “While families naturally have primary responsibility for their children’s well-being, schools also have a vital role to play, and effective programs begin with sound policy. Physical activity and healthy eating need to be looked at as complementary policy areas to best help students lead healthier, more active lives.”

The guides are rich with recent scientific data, analysis, examples of state and local best practices, and evidence-based model policies that can be adapted by schools, districts, and states. The guides also cover a wide array of topics, ranging from creating healthy eating environments and nutrition-related school services to what makes a quality physical education program, promoting active commuting to school and the importance of recess and other physical activity breaks. Take a look and then share this helpful resource with you state lawmakers and local school administrators today- www.nasbe.org/fhrtl

Publication of Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn was made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).