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Title: SchoolBased Nutrition Education


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School-Based Nutrition Education
  • Emily Lyons, RD, LD
  • Community Health Promotion Specialist
  • Arkansas Department of Health

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National Obesity Trends
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Act 1220 Arkansas Child and Adolescent Obesity
Initiative
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Act 1220 of 2003
  • Creates an Arkansas Child Health Advisory
    Committee.
  • Make recommendations regarding nutrition and
    physical activity policy to the State Board of
    Education and the State Board of Health.
  • Limits access to food/beverage vending machines.
  • For elementary school students
  • Reports ALL money received from food and beverage
    contracts.
  • Convenes an advisory committee to raise awareness
    of the importance of proper nutrition and
    physical activity.
  • Incorporates nutrition/physical activity goals
    into annual plans.

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Act 1220 of 2003
  • Provides parents with the childs BMI results
    reported on a health report that is delivered to
    the parents in a private, confidential, and
    accurate way.
  • Provides parents with an explanation of possible
    health effects of BMI, nutrition, and physical
    activity.
  • Provides parents with a few tips they can do.

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Since Act 1220
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Act 201
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Act 201 of 2007
  • The Division of Health of the Department of
    Health and Human Services in consultation with
    the Department of Education shall
  • Assign all community health nurses under its
    supervision to work with schools to assure that
    body mass index for age assessment protocols are
    followed by school employees or their designees
    who conduct body mass index for age assessments
    and other student health screenings and

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Act 201 of 2007
  • Every school district shall
  • - Beginning with kindergarten and then in even
    numbered grades, require schools to include as a
    part of a student health report to parents a body
    mass index percentile by age for each student,
    and
  • - Permit any parent to refuse to have their
    childs body mass index percentile for age
    assessed and reported, by providing a written
    refusal to the school.

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Proper Nutrition…..
  • Is a vital part of overall health and wellness
  • Provides the nutrients and energy needed for
    growth and development
  • Promotes learning and academic achievement
  • Helps prevent many health problems, including
    OBESITY

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Why Do We Need School-Based Nutrition Education?
  • Schools can reach almost all children and
    adolescents.
  • Schools provide opportunities to practice healthy
    eating.
  • Schools can teach students how to resist social
    pressures.
  • Skilled personnel are available.
  • Evaluations suggest that school-based nutrition
    education can improve the eating behaviors of
    young persons.
  • CDC

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Nutrition Education
  • Available in pre-K through grade 12
  • Focuses on skill development
  • Integrated into core curriculum
  • Dining room and classroom are linked
  • CDC

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Resources You Can Use!
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Resources You Can Use
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • -MyPyramid
  • -www.mypyramid.gov
  • -Team Nutrition
  • -www.teamnutrition.usda.gov

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Resources You Can Use
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • -BAM! Body and Mind
  • -www.bam.gov
  • -Powerful Bones. Powerful Girls.
  • -www.cdc.gov/powerfulbones/

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Resources You Can Use
  • American Dietetic Association
  • -www.eatright.org

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Emily Lyons, RD, LD Community Health Promotion
Specialist emily.lyons_at_arkansas.gov Tommie
Rogers, RN, BSN Community Health Nurse
Specialist tommie.rogers_at_arkansas.gov
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This issue is not an easy one. It needs
creative ideas, strong wills, and our most
dedicated efforts to find ways to make school
environments supportive of good health and
nutrition. -Former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman
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References
  • www.usda.gov
  • www.cdc.gov
  • www.eatright.org
  • www.achi.net
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