N is for Nutrition: Childhood Obesity and Schools
- To be successful, new health programs must gain “buy in” from teachers, administrators and parents.
- No two schools or communities are alike — each is its own unique puzzle of challenges.
- There is a pressing need to improve preschool and early childhood programs.
- Nutrition and health should be integrated into all school subjects, especially math and science.
- Engage the people involved directly for best results.
- An effective school wellness council is a key to success.
- Farm-to-school programs with an emphasis on gardens have been shown to be very successful in promoting environmental change.
- The focus should be on the link between healthy children and increased academic performance.