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This fact sheet from the Center for Science in the Public Interest describes how dollar stores are rapidly multiplying, especially in low-income and rural areas, where larger, national grocers are less prevalent. Dollar stores’ shelves are stocked with fewer options than traditional grocery stores, with a predominance of nutrition-poor items like candy, chips, and soda. Healthy food options are limited. To improve access to nutritious foods and beverages, dollar stores should stock more fresh, healthy options.

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The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is conducted every even year by surveying school principals and lead health educators. Data collected from the Profiles survey can be used to improve school health programs. This data allows school personnel to monitor and compare their policies and practices to those of other states.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted an environmental scan to identify existing resources that support implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) approaches and programs in schools. Unique interest in SEL resources, tools, and guidance targeting Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) components (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2014) that improve student health outcomes were prioritized. The environmental scan focused on specific document types, including guides, guidelines, guidance documents, manuals, programs, practices, policies, toolkits and other resources published after 2010. Only resources that were free and accessible to the public were included in the results. The report highlights the key SEL resources, tools, and guidance.

Click here to access the report or download the file from the attachment below.


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Schools can help teach students the importance of eating healthier by making eating healthy fun and easy to do. CDC’s new research briefs on Making Time for School Lunch and Nutrition Education in U.S. Schools give information on the importance of students having adequate time to eat lunch while at school and how nutrition education can help students establish healthy eating behaviors.

Both resources include a downloadable, easy-to-read flyer that can be shared with educators and advocates.

Click here for the “Making Time for School Lunch” research brief

Click here for the “Nutrition Education in U.S. Schools” research brief








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Recently, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine held a workshop that explored challenges and opportunities for health sector actors that engage with faith-based health assets. The workshop provided an overview of faith-based assets in communities and their relationship to population health and the work of health improvement; highlighted areas where faith-based health assets are using evidence to inform their work and demonstrating effectiveness in improving health outcomes; provided examples of effective partnerships involving faith-based health assets; and shared lessons learned from working with faith-based assets that could contribute toward principles for engagement for health care organizations and public health agencies.

Click here to read the report

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Recognizing the bidirectional relationship between health and educational success, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a public workshop in Oakland California, featuring presentations that exemplified the relationship between the health and education sectors, and shared examples of public health interventions and activities in schools that support school success.

Click here to read the proceedings of the workshop.


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The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, Health and Medicine Division, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a one-day public workshop that examined the status of the global obesity pandemic and explored approaches aimed at managing the problem in different settings around the world. This Proceedings of a Workshop highlights presentations that discussed the importance of understanding obesity in a global context and shared perspectives on the implications for prevention and treatment efforts in the United States, with an emphasis on reducing disparities.

To learn more, click here.

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