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Step Up for a Healthier School

Christy Manso

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation

[email protected]


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Agenda

  • About the Alliance

  • The Issue

  • Competitive Food and Beverages

  • Meaningful Student Involvement


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About the Alliance

Joint Partnership

  • William J. Clinton Foundation

  • American Heart Association

    Mission

  • To eliminate childhood obesity and to inspire all young people in the United States to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

    Goals

  • To stop the nationwide increase in childhood obesity by 2010 and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • To positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s health: homes, schools, restaurants, doctor’s offices, and the community.


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About the Alliance

Four Pillars:

  • Kids Movement

    • Motivating kids to take charge of their health and to lead their own Go Healthy movement.

    • www.igohugo.org

  • Healthcare Program

    • Giving tools to healthcare providers so that they can better diagnose, prevent and treat obesity.


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About the Alliance

Four Pillars:

  • Healthy Schools Program

    • The HSP helps all schools become healthier places to learn, work, eat, and play.

      • Help create healthier school environments by offering resources, support, and opportunities to celebrate successes.

    • The HSP is designed to create a nationwide paradigm shift…in which the perception that a school environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity is the norm and not the exception.

  • Industry Program

    • Working with industry to provide more options for physical activity and to change the food and beverage options offered to students in schools and other environments.


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The Issue

  • Whether overweight or not, children in the U.S. are often overfed, but undernourished.

    • Eating 8% more than they were less than 30 years ago.[i]

    • Under-consumption of nutrients needed to survive and over-consumption of foods that can lead to conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

      • Optimal nutrition is necessary for optimal cognitive functioning.

        [i] Enns CW, Mickle SJ, Goldman JD. Trends in food and nutrient intakes by adolescents in the United States. Fam Econ Nutr Rev 2003; 15 (2) 15-27


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The Issue

  • Kids consume about 35 to 50% of their daily calories during the school day.[ii]

    • An extra 100 calories a day can lead to weight gain of 10 pounds in one year.

    • Limiting availability of excess calories in school environment helps prevent childhood overweight and obesity.

    • Even if at normal weight, healthy environments benefit all children.

      [ii] Neumark-Sztainer D, French S, Hanna P, Story M, Fulkerson J. “School Lunch and Snacking Patterns among High School Students: Associations with School Food Environment and Policies.” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and PhysicalActivity 2005, vol. 2, published on-line at <www.ijbnpa.org/content/2/1/14>.


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Competitive Food and Beverages

  • Food and beverages offered outside of the school reimbursable meals program such as products sold in school vending machines, a la carte lines, snack bars, fundraisers, and school stores.

  • Alliance Competitive Food and Beverage Guidelines.

    • Science-based and age appropriate.

    • By adjusting the environment surrounding them, Guidelines can move children and teens to choose differently and consume fewer calories and healthier options.


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Meaningful Student Involvement

  • Adult-initiated, shared decision making with students.

  • Student-initiated and directed action by adults.

  • Student-initiated, shared decision-making with adults.


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Meaningful Student Involvement

  • Mobilizing change at the grassroots level leads to creative and sustainable solutions.

    • Listen to the voices of those whose behavior you want to change – the students. Get their feedback.

      • Students tend to resist changes they view as being “imposed” on them by school administrators, so seek their input.

      • Schools that successfully made the changes noted that obtaining student acceptance was particularly important.



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Meaningful Student Involvement

  • Student-led action research and assessment

    • Engage secondary school student groups (clubs, student councils, etc.)

    • Students survey their peers and conduct focus groups.

      • To identify barriers to change and ways to reduce them.

        • A sample question could be, “how often does price prohibit you from buying healthier items?”

      • Use this information to shape messaging on the changes.

    • Students develop a plan of action.

  • Advocacy

    • Students interface with decision-makers to discuss the changes.

    • Students develop their own marketing campaigns to promote a change in snacks and beverages at their schools.

      • Develop tactics (posters, flyers, articles in the student paper, debates, etc.)


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For more information on the Alliance School Beverage and Competitive Foods Guidelines, visit www.healthiergeneration.org/beverages and www.healthiergeneration.org/snacks

For more information on The Go Healthy Kids Movement, visit www.igohugo.org

To download the “Step Up for a Healthier School” Student Toolkit, visit http://www.channelone.com/news/2007/06/01/better_schools/

Christy Manso

Business Development Manager

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

[email protected]

646-775-9153


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