Schools have a long and lasting impact on lives. Through the creation of sustainable environments and policies, schools have become a key venue in the promotion of sound nutrition and student health. Creating healthy school environments allows for the ability to reduce childhood obesity. School meals play a critical role in encourages kids to make the following healthy choices:
- Eat a variety of food
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Eat lower fat foods more often
- Get your calcium-rich foods
- Be physically active.
In partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education, school districts statewide and numerous community-based partners, the DHHS Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program aligns its efforts for healthy eating and to increase physical activity through youth-based initiatives focused on physical education, access to before, during and after school programming, enhancing employee wellness efforts and community engagement in healthy behaviors. The key initiatives below are critical to enhancing the health and wellbeing of all students and staff which then helps to improve academic success and various academic outcomes.