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
Farm-to-School Education Grants Reach Low-Income Children and Encourage Them to Learn About Fruits and Vegetables
For children from low-income families, school meals are a significant portion of daily caloric intake and hence an opportunity to address food insecurity. Many states have pursued legislation to institutionalize programs such as farm to school that aim to improve the quality of school meals and acceptance of healthy foods … More
One of the most pressing unmet challenges for preventing and controlling epidemic obesity is ensuring that socially disadvantaged populations benefit from relevant public health interventions. Obesity levels are disproportionately high in ethnic minority, low-income, and other socially marginalized U.S. population groups. Current policy, systems, and environmental change interventions target obesity-promoting … More