Schools and Childcare
Objective: Optimizing the school environment so that students are healthier, eat better and are more active (includes pre-K, elementary, middle, high school and
- Establish a health-and-wellness council that meets
regularly at the school.
- Establish, implement, and strengthen district and school wellness policies to increase access to healthy foods, physical activity, nutrition education and school-based wellness activities.
- Enforce a tobacco-free campus.
- Stop using unhealthy foods for school fundraisers and replace them with healthy foods (or don’t use food at all)
- Limit vending machine access during the school day and stock machines with healthy snacks.
- Prohibit soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages on campus, including soda brought in from home.
- Redesign the school lunchroom to nudge students into choosing healthier foods.
- Discontinue using food and food coupons as rewards or incentives by teachers or school staff.
- Prohibit unhealthy food and beverage advertisements (e.g., sodas, sweets, etc.) on school grounds.
- Update cafeteria equipment to support provision of healthier foods.
- Celebrate birthdays and other events involving food once a month only.
- Integrate physical activity into daily lesson plans —outside of physical education class.
- Incorporate nutrition education into the curriculum beyond health education.
- Never use physical activity as a punishment.
- Require that students are physically active during the majority of time in physical education class.
- Require 150 minutes per week (elementary schools) and 225 minutes per week (middle and high schools) of physical activity for all students.
- Require twenty minutes of recess daily for students in elementary school.
- Offer recess before lunch (elementary school only).
- Make free tap water readily available for school lunch.
- Promote healthy food choices for classroom snacks and celebrations, and for school events.
- Participate in health-based fitness assessment (e.g.
Presidential Youth Fitness Program and FITNESSGRAM ® assessment) and support individualized self-improvement plans. (See presidentschallenge.org)
- Implement a Safe Routes to School Program , encourage regular walk and bike to school days, and incorporate walking and bicycling into the curriculum (see
- Receive Bronze Award or above from the NJ Safe Routes to School Program saferoutesnj.org
- Encourage youth to use seat belts, bicycle helmets, and motorcycle helmets, and not drive while distracted or
under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Implement programs and policies to prevent abuse,
bullying, violence, and social exclusion, build social
connectedness, and promote positive mental and
- Ensure students have access to comprehensive health services, including mental health, drug and substance abuse and counseling services.
- Receive Bronze Award or above in Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program.
- Create a Farm-to-School Program.
- Plant and maintain a school vegetable garden.
- Establish a program to train teachers and school leaders on teaching mindfulness skills to students (e.g., MindUP™).
- School environment promotes healthy lifestyle for school staff.
Objective: In Development
- Require childcare centers and after-school programs to offer healthy food and beverages, provide opportunities for physical activity, limit television viewing and support breastfeeding for children in their care.
- Require childcare and after school programs – as a condition of licensing – to meet
evidence-based standards for nutrition, physical activity and TV viewing.
- Ensure childcare providers receive training in child nutrition, physical activity and TV time limitations.
- Strengthen licensing standards for early learning centers to include nutritional requirements for foods and beverages served (local government) implement breastfeeding policies and