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Safe and Healthy School Environments$
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Howard Frumkin, Robert Geller, I. Leslie Rubin, and Janice Nodvin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179477.001.0001

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Nutrition at School

Nutrition at School

Creating a Healthy Food Environment

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Safe and Healthy School Environments

Nicole Larson

Mary Story

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes nutritional concerns for youth, the impact of school nutrition programs, the current environment in schools, tools for assessing school nutrition environments, and model efforts to improve school nutrition. A healthy school food environment can influence students to make healthful food choices, helping in turn to combat rising trends in weight problems, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions among children. Obstacles to healthy school food environments include snack bars and vending machines, a la carte food programs, and easy access to fast foods. Strategies to establish healthy food environments in schools include School Nutrition Advisory Councils, school policies, educational interventions, and the provision of attractive, healthy food choices.

Keywords:   school nutrition, school nutrition programs, school environment, healthy eating, obesity, diabetes

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