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Fewer U.S. Schools Selling Less Nutritious Food and Beverages
Date:10/5/2009

working, and Mississippi and Tennessee are excellent examples of this progress. However, there are still far too many schools selling less nutritious foods and beverages," said Wechsler.

The School Health Profiles Survey is conducted among a representative sample of secondary schools in a state, large urban school district, or territory. The data are collected from self-administered questionnaires from the principal and the lead health education teacher at each sampled school. The 2008 report includes data from 47 states, 20 cities, and four territories.

The 2008 study results varied dramatically across states.

  • In Hawaii, Connecticut, California, and Maine, more than two-thirds of secondary schools did not sell baked goods, salty snacks not low in fat, candy, soda or fruit drinks that were not 100 percent juice.
  • In Utah, Kansas, Idaho, and Nebraska, less than one-third of secondary schools did not sell these items.

The School Health Profiles Survey is conducted every two years and monitors the current status of school health education requirements and content, physical education requirements, school health policies related to HIV/AIDS, tobacco-use prevention, nutrition, asthma management activities, and family and community involvement in school health programs. The 2008 data are available at www.cdc.gov/schoolhealthprofiles.

SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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