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New Resources: Nutrition Education Programs in NYC Schools

All New York City students deserve access to great nutrition education, yet 44% of New York City schools lack external nutrition education programming.

The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy (Tisch Food Center) in the Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University, studied 40 organizations that run 101 nutrition education programs in schools across New York City. Our research revealed key opportunities to ensure ALL NYC students have access to great nutrition education, including:

Coordination: Create a network that coordinates nutrition education distribution, advocacy, evaluation, and resources.

Investment: Build program and school capacity through funding, technical assistance, tools, and training.

Collaboration: Amplify and align the unique roles of nutrition education programs, school community members, funders, advocates, and policy makers.

To learn more, delve into:

School-based nutrition education is a key component of a whole child approach to education, supporting student health and academic achievement. Many New York City schools partner with external nutrition education programs. Through engaging activities, these programs provide students with motivation, skills, knowledge, and supportive environments to make food choices that promote health, ecological sustainability, and social justice. Nutrition education gives students confidence to navigate challenging food environments and resist persuasive marketing of unhealthy foods. Yet significant gaps exist in the distribution of nutrition education programs in New York City schools.

Published Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018

New Resources: Nutrition Education Programs in NYC Schools

The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy (Tisch Food Center) in the Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University, studied 40 organizations that run 101 nutrition education programs in schools across New York City. Our research revealed key opportunities to ensure ALL NYC students have access to great nutrition education, including:

Coordination: Create a network that coordinates nutrition education distribution, advocacy, evaluation, and resources.

Investment: Build program and school capacity through funding, technical assistance, tools, and training.

Collaboration: Amplify and align the unique roles of nutrition education programs, school community members, funders, advocates, and policy makers.

To learn more, delve into:

School-based nutrition education is a key component of a whole child approach to education, supporting student health and academic achievement. Many New York City schools partner with external nutrition education programs. Through engaging activities, these programs provide students with motivation, skills, knowledge, and supportive environments to make food choices that promote health, ecological sustainability, and social justice. Nutrition education gives students confidence to navigate challenging food environments and resist persuasive marketing of unhealthy foods. Yet significant gaps exist in the distribution of nutrition education programs in New York City schools.

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