Wednesday, September 4 2013, 11:07 AM MDT
Study: School Districts Showing Improvements for Nutrition
By: Carla Pruitt
(KUTV) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its findings from the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study. And the findings show promise. According to a news release, the CDC says school districts nationwide are showing improvements in measures related to nutritional policies, physical education and tobacco policies.
Key findings include:
• The percentage of school districts that allowed soft drink companies to advertise soft drinks on school grounds decreased from 46.6 percent in 2006 to 33.5 percent in 2012.
• Between 2006 and 2012, the percentage of districts that required schools to prohibit offering junk food in vending machines increased from 29.8 percent to 43.4 percent.
Physical education/physical activity:
• The percentage of school districts that required elementary schools to teach physical education increased from 82.6 percent in 2000 to 93.6 percent in 2012.
• More than half of school districts (61.6 percent) had a formal agreement, such as a memorandum of agreement or understanding, between the school district and another public or private entity for shared use of school or community property. Among those districts, more than half had agreements with a local youth organization (e.g., the YMCA, Boys or Girls Clubs, or the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts) or a local parks or recreation department.
• The percentage of districts with policies that prohibited all tobacco use during any school-related activity increased from 46.7 percent in 2000 to 67.5 percent in 2012.
The study also evaluated school safety and mental health. To read the findings, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/shpps/index.htm
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