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August 2018 - Back-to-School
Breakfast After the Bell
Health Needs for Children with Chronic Conditions
- About 26% of American children have a chronic health condition.
- Chronic health conditions increase a child's risk for high absentee rates, low student engagement, dropping-out of school, exposure to bullying, disruptive behaviors, poor grades, and below average performance on standardized achievement tests.
- Use a checklist to plan for the health needs of students with chronic conditions. All families can plan for the school year by getting children vaccinated, setting bedtimes, teaching good hygiene habits, stocking up on healthy foods, and creating a plan for managing stress.
May 2018 - Smart Snacks in Schools
- Most U.S. children attend school for at least 6 hours a day and consume about half of their daily calories there.
- In 2014, the USDA Smart Snacks Rule became Federal law, which requires schools to implement practical, science-based nutrition standards for all food and beverages sold to students during the school day.
- Parents can help their child’s school meet the 2010 USDA Nutrition Standards by joining the school or district wellness committee, learning what your child’s school is already doing, or volunteering to help conduct taste tests of healthier snack and beverage options.