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2014 Annual Conference Notes

Speaker Presentations 2014:

Handouts for Pre Conference Sessions One and Four: December 4, 2014

Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools

CDC’s tool kit Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools [PDF - 150K] provides school health councils, nutrition services providers, principals, teachers, parents, and other school staff with information and tools to:

  • Meet free drinking water requirements in NSLP and SBP programs.
  • Help make clean, free drinking water readily available throughout multiple points in school settings.
  • Promote consumption of water as a healthy beverage.

The easy-to-use tool kit includes background information, needs assessment tools, implementation strategies, and evaluation guidance to provide students with access to drinking water as part of a healthy nutrition environment.

Weight of the Nation videos


Introduction clip highlighting the issue of obesity in the US

  • Film 1: Consequences
  • Chapter 1 (Minute 13:45)
  • Length: approx. 3 minutes

The State of School Meals

  • Film 3: Children in Crisis
  • Chapter 4 (Minute 30:08)
  • Length: approx. 11 minutes

PE and Physical Inactivity in Kids

  • Film 3: Children in Crisis
  • Chapter 6 (Minute 46:26)
  • Length: approx. 15 minutes

Request a screening kit

Weight of the Nation for Kids Films

Free image library and video library from Yale Rudd Center

Smart Snacks in Schools Overview and Resources

Success Story Resources

“Smart Snacks in Schools” Resource List

AASA – The School Superintendents Association

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Bridging the Gap

California Project LEAN

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Change Lab Solutions

Cornell Food and Brand Lab

Food Research and Action Center

Healthy Eating Research

Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Public Health Institute

Leadership for Healthy Communities

Mission Readiness

  • Report Retreat is Not an Option – This report includes new and previously unreported state-by-state data from the Department of Defense detailing the number of young adults who are likely to be ineligible for military duty.  Obesity has become the leading medical cause.

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity

National Association of State Boards of Education

National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity


  • A Healthy Vending Guide – Provides rationale for healthy vending options, sample competitive food policies, marketing strategies

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project

The Trust for America’s Health

  • The State of Obesity – A report diving into child and adult obesity by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, age and severity.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service

Voices for Healthy Kids

  • Click here to request the Healthy Kids Competitive Foods Toolkit:  Make Food Choices an Easy ‘A”

Additional Background Resources on Improving the Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold in Schools

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