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Schools play a critical role in improving the dietary and physical
activity behaviors of children and adolescents. Schools can create
environments supportive of students’ efforts to eat healthy and be
active by implementing policies and practices that support healthy
eating and regular physical activity and by providing opportunities for
students to learn about and practice these behaviors.
CDC synthesized research and best practices related to promoting
healthy eating and physical activity in schools, culminating in nine
guidelines. These guidelines were informed by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,