251728 Comparing equitable school wellness policies to programmatic work

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:50 AM

David Hudson, MS , Healthy Active Schools, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, OR
Schools are crucial environments in supporting children to maintain healthy behaviors. An unhealthy diet is a main contributing factor to overweight and obese children. Millions of students rely on the school environment for breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the school day. NHANES data shows that nearly 17% of children ages 2-19 are obese and that obesity rates have tripled in less than 30 years among 6-19 year olds. Stemming the epidemic of childhood obesity includes increasing the consumption of more nutritious foods. The Multnomah County Health Department's Healthy Active Schools program, through the CDC-funded Control Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, is working with 7 school districts (72,000 students) to develop, adopt and implement wellness-related policies with a health equity focus. Our partners are addressing the following policies, system and environmental changes: * Restricting advertising and marketing of unhealthy foods along with promoting healthy options * Increasing local food procurement through farm-to-school initiatives * Promoting drinking water and making it more appealing and accessible This presentation will offer participants best practices related to healthy eating in school wellness policies, a review of the importance of wellness policies compared to programmatic work, and health equity considerations will be reviewed.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
List innovative school policy language related to healthy eating Identify the importance of policy work compared to programmatic work Name health equity considerations in policy, systems change and environmental change approaches

Keywords: School-Based Programs, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I manage the Healthy Active Schools program (CDC-funded CPPW grant) which funds 7 school districts serving approximately 85,000 to develop, adopt and implement student wellness policies, systems changes and environmental changes to increase access and promotion of healthy food and physical activity. I was also a researcher on the CDC-funded childhood obesity prevention "Shape Up Somerville" program at Tufts University, which, among other things, worked with schools on policy and system/environmental changes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.