Health & Nutrition

Business of Education: Facilities assistance


Buildings can be designed and managed to enhance student and employee health, and some research links school facilities to student achievement.

Q&A: Charlene Burgeson of Let's Move!

Adolescent health expert Charlene Burgeson is executive director of Let’s Move! Active Schools, the national collaboration of health, education, and private sector groups working to make 60 minutes of physical activity the norm in all K-12 schools.

Fitness Revolution

Students practicing yoga

Districts find innovative ways to work exercise into the school day

Michelle Healy

Nutrition hearing examines whether federal rules are serving the best interests of schools and families

The U.S. House of Representatives Education & the Workforce Committee held a hearing today on “Child Nutrition Assistance: Are Federal Rules & Regulations Serving the Best Interests of Schools and Families?”  During the hearing, committee members posed questions related to the current child nutrition law, school meal programs, and on broader topics such as child obesity, child hunger, and military readiness.

Autonomy and relief needed for school districts to effectively administer school meal programs

Healthy, nutritious meals and a high quality education are something every student deserves. “Assuring that school districts – which house school food authorities - have sufficient capacity to efficiently and effectively administer federal school lunch and breakfast programs is vital to the success of those programs and to our students,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director, National School Boards Association.

Senate subcommittee reviews child nutrition in schools

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee led by Chairman Pat Roberts (R–Kan.) held a hearing today titled A Review of Child Nutrition Programs. In two successive panels, witnesses touched on aspects of child nutrition in school, including USDA National School Lunch Program (NSLP) funding, the impact of federal regulations, and more.

New bill to provide healthy school meals and flexibility for schools

Introduced today by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Angus King (I-Maine), the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act offers school districts relief in meeting some of the most onerous requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 -- specifically the whole grain products and sodium standards requirements -- while ensuring that students receive healthy, nutritious school meals. 

Luncheon speaker advice on understanding urban youth

Michael Eric Dyson, author, radio host, and professor of sociology at Georgetown University, assured the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Luncheon attendees Saturday at NSBA's annual conference in Nashville that he was there to be a cheerleader for them, and to discuss how they can help themselves, help their boards, and ultimately help their students.

In a lively talk heavily laced with music references old and new, Dyson shared some suggestions for board members faced with the challenge of governing urban school districts.

One-page on Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act

This is a summary of the Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act, which is being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.

One-Pager on Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

This a summary of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act, a bill being considered in the Senate.


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