Survey makes it clear: parents think there are a lack of healthy options on kids’ menus.
Survey makes it clear: parents think there are a lack of healthy options on kids’ menus.
Wellness policies set the tone for a school or district’s approach to wellness, creating a foundation for a healthy school day.
Breaking news coming out of Prince George’s County—County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has signed a bill aimed at expanding access to healthier foods and beverages in vending machines on County property! This comes after County Council unanimously passed the healthy vending law on July 18th.
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At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
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Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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