Issue Date: Vol. 50, No.1, January 2010, Posted On: 1/3/2010
CDC Recognizes New Jersey As School Nutrition Leader
by Staff Reporter
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WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified New Jersey as one of the 10 best states for the percentage of schools that banned "less nutritious" food and beverages from vending machines and school stores in 2008.
CDC collected the information from all 50 states in its "2008 School Health Profiles Survey." The survey is conducted every two years to assess school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts and territories.
State regulations require all New Jersey public and private schools that participate in federally funded child nutrition programs to adopt, at minimum, the New Jersey School Nutrition/Wellness Policy, which prohibits the sale of "junk" food to students. All public schools, including those that do not participate in the federal programs, are required to follow the standards.
In addition to regulations governing district-wide wellness policy, New Jersey maintains rigorous state academic standards for comprehensive health and physical education that require districts to incorporate nutrition education and physical activity into the curriculum.
Several New Jersey Schools were also selected to participate in the Coordinated School Health Demonstration Project funded through a cooperative agreement with the CDC. Its goal is to engage school staff, students, parents and the community in a coordinated approach to support healthy lifestyles.
Click here to learn more about CDC’s approach to school wellness.