D.C. Hunger Solutions Unveils New Website Dedicated to Healthy Schools Act
Site Will Serve as Hub of Information for Schools and Public, Offer Ways to Put the Act Into Action
As District public schools and public charter schools implement the Healthy Schools Act, D.C. Hunger Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of a new website that will serve as a central clearinghouse for information about the Act and spotlight successful ways schools are implementing the Act.
The Healthy Schools Act, passed in May 2010, positions the District to become a national leader in school health, wellness, and nutrition. The Act expands access to school meals by making breakfast free for all students, bringing breakfast into the classroom, and eliminating the reduced-price co-pay for lunch; raises the nutrition standards and improves the quality of school meals; promotes farm to school; triples eventually the amount of physical and health education students receive; and expands school-based health and wellness programs.
The new website will help schools implement these new provisions and raise awareness among families about these changes. It will be managed by D.C. Hunger Solutions in collaboration with D.C. Farm to School, Metro Teen Aids, the Heart and Stroke Association of the Mid-Atlantic Region, and other stakeholders.
In order to make an impact on student hunger and obesity, each component of the Healthy Schools Act must be implemented effectively. The new website aims to help schools to do just that. The site explains the requirements of the Healthy Schools Act, provides tools to help implement the Act, and helps the public see the progress of schools in implementing the Act.
The development of the Healthy Schools Act website is supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Walmart Foundation.