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Childhood obesity has swept both the nation and the world and emerged as a true public health cause of concern. In response, the New Haven Public Schools developed a detailed District Wellness Policy to help combat obesity and provide students with a positive, healthy school environment. To date, the Wellness plan and its initiatives have been applauded, including acknowledgement of the best school wellness plan and the national recognition of Chef Tim Cipriano, who is at the forefront of school lunch modifications. Five YSPH graduate students, together with CARE, developed a tool to assess the school climate in 12 New Haven Public Schools. Nutrition, Physical Activity, Health Promotion, and Staff Wellness were assessed over four weeks. Photographs and completed tools were compiled to provide a snapshot of the schools and the state of wellness policy initiatives.

Whitney Hubbard was the Teaching Fellow (TF) for this project.

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Yale University. School of Public Health


New Haven


Nutrition, childhood obesity, wellness, New Haven Public Schools


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

“Health Is Academic”: Identifying Factors that Impact Health & Learning Outcomes: A Multi-factorial School Health Assessment in 12 Schools (NHPS--Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) Collaborative)