Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan: School
The school setting is a prime location for improving eating habits and
increasing physical activity. Schools have direct contact with more that
95 percent of Wisconsin's young people, for about eight hours a day.
Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more
effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood.
Changing the School Environment Can Increase Physical Activity and
Improve Student Behavior.
(Physical Activity: Jon Hisgen,
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
Changing the School Nutrition Environment Can Improve Health.
(Nutrition: Bridget Holcomb, Michael Fields
School Strategies (PDF,
objectives and full list of strategies for implementation in
the School setting.
the number of Wisconsin schools implementing environment and
policy change strategies to support healthy eating and physical
Increase standards-based nutrition education in grades K-12.
- Increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for school-aged
- Increase the nutritional quality of Wisconsin school meal
programs (school breakfast, lunch, summer feeding, and after
- Decrease access to energy dense foods and sugar sweetened
beverages in schools.
- Increase standards based teaching in Physical Education in
- Provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical
activity per day for all school-age children.
- Use an evidence-based fitness test to assess the endurance
capacity of the student population in grades 4-12.
Resources for ideas and materials to implement the key
strategies such as the Active Schools Toolkit, Got Veggies and other
physical activity and school nutrition resources, such as:
- Wisconsin Active Schools Toolkit
- Wisconsin Farm to School Producers Toolkit
- Wisconsin Farm to School Food Service Toolkit
- Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit
- Got Veggies? Youth Garden-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum
- Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Nutrition Education
Farm to School
Success Story Video
Lacrosse Farm to School (left) - "Kids cheering for vegetables? Farm to school
works!" Gundersen Lutheran Certified
Executive Chef Thomas Sacksteder conducts cooking classes as part of
the La Crosse County Farm2School initiative.
Beloit Active Schools (right) - Beloit High School makes it easy
for students to exercise.
- A high percentage of Wisconsin high schools and middle schools
have access to sugary drinks (72%) and less healthy competitive
- Fewer than half of elementary and middle schools in Wisconsin
are incorporating effective strategies to increase student
physical activity levels (e.g., active recess, before school PA
programs) outside of the PE class.
- Physical activity can help youth improve their academic
performance, concentration, memory, and classroom behavior.
¹ CDC Children’s Food Environment State Indicator
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