Access to safe and appealing drinking water in child care centers and schools is a key strategy to build healthy habits that children will use for life to maintain a healthy body weight and to support overall health. This study compiled drinking water policies for schools and child-care centers in 20 states and developed policy recommendations to facilitate safe drinking water procurement and establish routine monitoring and universal access in schools and child-care centers. The full report summarizes state findings and makes policy recommendations. Recommendations were made based on the guiding principles that plain water should be made available to children at no cost throughout the day, and that drinking water should be held to safety standards. Individual state profiles detail state-level policies that govern drinking water access in licensed child care centers and public school buildings.
Developing State Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Child Care Centers and Schools
Developing Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Schools and Child-Care Centers
The purpose of this project is to put safe drinking water in schools and child-care centers on par with other foods and beverages regulated by nutrition policies. The study will compile drinking water policies for schools and child-care centers in 20 states, use what has been learned by the healthy … More
The Academic, Behavioral, and Health Influence of Summer Child Nutrition Programs: A Narrative Review and Proposed Research and Policy Agenda
Since 1975, the US Department of Agriculture has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program as a nationwide strategy for providing nutritious meals to children and youth (aged 18 years or younger) in low-income communities during the summer months. Many programs are sponsored by community organizations as well as school districts … More
Engaging Fathers in Early Obesity Prevention During the First 1,000 Days: Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategies
Fathers are critical stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention but are difficult to engage. This review presents a new approach to engaging fathers in obesity prevention during the first 1,000 days. The review focuses on five existing health and social service programs, including prenatal care, pediatric care, the Special Supplemental Nutrition … More