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We are excited to be able to help mobilize parents around school health issues through Parents for Healthy Kids in collaboration with National PTA and our generous sponsor, ALDI," said Rob Bisceglie, CEO, AFHK, in the news release.
Methods for obtaining policies included outreach to AFHK's teams in each state; inquiries to AFHK's Partners (more than 60 organization and government agencies); targeted research to obtain polices from small, medium, and large districts; Internet research; and direct contact to superintendents or principals.
The content of the LWP were compared to the requirements found in CNR (Table 1) and against the AFHK Wellness Policy Fundamentals (10) (Fundamentals) (Table 2).
Fundamentals, a tool for guiding districts on development and evaluation of policies, was created by AFHK in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health, Food Research Action Council, School Nutrition Association, and the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services.
Policies were then compared to the AFHK Fundamentals (Table 2), which identifies policies recognized as best practices in school nutrition and physical activity.
Visit AFHK's Web site at www.ActionForHealthyKids.org.
According to an AFHK press release (8/5/08), only 18% of parents thought schools were doing a good job offering nutritious, appealing foods, and only 20% thought schools offer enough physical activity.
According to the AFHK, the report also reveals startling gaps in the perception of how well schools are doing in making health-improving advances--gaps that must be bridged in order for progress to continue.
According to the AFHK, studies have shown that active children perform better at school, even when time for physical activity has been taken away from instructional time.
The AFHK report indicates that schools do not assign a high enough priority to increasing children's physical activity.
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