Schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing childhood obesity, and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical activity. The role of the schools was formalized when Congress passed a law (P.L.108-265) that requires each school district participating in the National School Lunch and/or Breakfast Program to establish a local wellness policy by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year. The new law requires schools to include parents in developing a wellness policy.
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** This information has been shared with you by Barb Flis, mother of two and creator of Parent Action for Healthy Kids.