Children spend a large percentage of their waking hours in school and are highly
influenced by their school environment. In 2006, the federal government mandated
the establishment of school wellness policies in response to the growing problem
of overweight and obesity among U.S. children. School administrators across the
country spearheaded the creation and adoption of wellness policies, with broad implications
in the school, including the cafeteria, classroom and playground.
The Healthy Steps Forward publication featured here appeared in the October 2008
issue of District Administration magazine and offers a foundation for assessing
a school district’s progress in promoting wellness in the areas of nutrition and
The Dannon Institute recognizes the importance of nutrition and physical activity
in promoting children’s health. These tools have been developed as a way to support
superintendents, district administrators and wellness committees in their efforts
to take school wellness to the next level.
Since 2010, the Dannon Institute has attended four Superintendents Summits produced
by the District Administration Leadership Institute. Each Superintendents Summit
brings together 60-70 visionary Superintendents from across the United States. During
these programs, the Dannon Institute has presented best practices in school wellness,
both nutrition and physical activity. The Dannon Institute has also collected examples
of school wellness best practices from superintendents with the idea that these
ideas might be helpful for other districts.
The Dannon Institute created videos featuring superintendents who attended the 2011
and 2012 District Administration Leadership Institute Summits. These videos are
intended to provide ideas and information about school wellness programming that
has worked successfully in districts across the country.
You can see these videos here.