programs are the emphases of the funding and technical assistance available through CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (Kolbe et al., 2004). Currently 23 states receive funding focused on the coordinated school health program model, which has eight components, including nutrition, physical education, creating a healthy school environment, and health promotion for staff.
Many states and cities are currently enacting legislation that focuses on multiple aspects of enhancing a healthy school environment. For example, in June 2005 South Carolina’s legislature and governor approved legislation that focused on school nutrition, physical activity, and health education particularly in elementary schools (Box 7-2). Arkansas took an early lead in this effort with a focus on assessing BMI levels, implementing changes in school foods, and promoting physical activity (Ryan et al., 2006).
Additionally, a number of organizations, foundations, government agencies, corporations, and others are partnering with schools on efforts that affect multiple aspects of the school environment. Examples of these
South Carolina’s Students’ Health and Fitness Act of 2005
Beginning in the 2006–2007 school year:
SOURCE: South Carolina General Assembly (2006).