Richards Elementary School, Newport, NH
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Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap (BTG) published the first national studies on student opinion of the healthier school meals. Researchers surveyed school leaders (mostly principals or school food service providers) about students' initial reaction to the meals, and how things were progressing in spring 2013.
This research shows that once students try healthier school meals, most like them; and for the most part plate waste is no greater than before the updated standards went into place. In addition, school leaders across the country are saying that students like the healthier lunches and they are not reporting widespread challenges with kids buying or eating the meals. The benefit is greatest among kids from lower-income families, who may depend more on school meals for their daily nutrients.
Additional information can be found here, including links to RWJF's press release, a brief from BTG highlighting both the elementary and secondary school findings, and the study presenting the elementary findings published today in the journal Childhood Obesity.
Healthy Schools NH: Healthy Eating and Active Living in NH Schools
Healthy Schools NH partners with New Hampshire schools that have a high population of low-income students and that want to improve their school
nutrition and physical activity environments to enhance children’s health.
The Healthy Schools NH program is available at no cost to any New Hampshire
school in which 50 percent or more of students qualify to receive free or
reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program.
- Offers a tool for assessing the school’s overall environment with regard
to nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity opportunities.
- Connects school personnel with health-focused peers in other schools.
Offers one-to-one mentoring, coaching, and ongoing support for school
nurses, faculty, and food-service personnel to help schools tailor their
programs to their unique needs. cultures, and constraints.
Provides nutrition curricula and other classroom materials, bulletin
boards, take-home newsletters, and more.
Connects school staff with training opportunities.
Contact us for more information or to enroll.
The Initiative is one component of UNH Cooperative Extension’s Nutrition
Connections program, which is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and the N.H. Food Stamp Program.