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Wellness in the Schools (WITS) Evaluation

In 2015, the Tisch Food Center launched a partnership with Wellness in the Schols (WITS) to evaluate two WITS programs, Cook for Kids and Coach for Kids. Wellness in the Schools inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for approximately 30,000 kids in 60 public schools in New York, Kentucky and Florida. NYC schools receiving WITS programming will be compared to control, non-WITS schools with similar risk for unhealthy eating, physical activity habits and obesity. The effectiveness of these programs will be assessed over two academic years comparing students at WITS and control schools on school lunch consumption, activity at recess, classroom attention, and academic achievement. This evaluation is funded through a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation.