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Step Up for a Healthier School Christy Manso The Alliance for a Healthier Generation [email protected] Agenda About the Alliance The Issue Competitive Food and Beverages Meaningful Student Involvement About the Alliance Joint Partnership

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step up for a healthier school
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
about the alliance
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.
the issue
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>.

competitive food and beverages
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.
meaningful student involvement
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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