School-based interventions: government guidelines & recommendations

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Evidence for environmental interventions to prevent childhood overweight and obesity within schools

This briefing paper aims to provide an overview of the best available evidence on the effectiveness of food environment interventions to prevent childhood overweight and obesity in school settings. See more.

Tackling NCDs: ‘Best Buys’ and other recommended interventions for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

This document provides policymakers with a list of ‘best buys’ and other recommended interventions to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) based on an update of Appendix  3 of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020. See more.

What ministries of education need to know: NCDs

This brief provides key points regarding what ministries of education need to know when addressing non-communicable diseases. See more.

Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

This document provides Member States with the rationale and key strategic lines of action for comprehensive public health interventions to halt the progression of the obesity epidemic in children and adolescents. To that end, this five-year plan sets a goal and proposes five areas of action, including objectives and indicators. See more.

Population-based approaches to childhood obesity prevention

This document aims to provide Member States with an overview of the types of childhood obesity prevention interventions that can be undertaken at national, sub-national and local levels. Where relevant, the document also aims to indicate which prevention measures are likely to be the most effective. See more.

Tipping the scales: Childhood obesity in London

In this report the Health and Public Services Committee considers how the Mayor can address the problem of childhood obesity in London. We examined the causes of childhood obesity, and found a multitude of economic, cultural and environmental factors contributing to obesity. See more.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

This report describes school health guidelines for promoting healthy eating and physical activity. See more.

School Policy Framework: Implementation of the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health 

The purpose of the DPAS School Policy Framework is to guide policy-makers at national and sub-national levels in the development and implementation of policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity in the school setting through changes in environment, behaviour and education. This framework is one of the tools that WHO is producing and disseminating to assist Member States and stakeholders to implement DPAS. This document describes the core elements of the development and implementation of a national or sub-national DPAS school policy. See more.

Nutrition Standards for Food in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth

To initiate the study process, the committee developed a set of guiding principles to support the creation of a healthful eating environment for children in U.S. schools and to guide the deliberations and development of standards. See more.

School-Based Obesity Prevention Strategies for State Policymakers

Schools play a critical role in preventing childhood obesity. Governors, state agencies, and state boards of education can do much to help them. See more.

Preventing childhood obesity: health in the balance

The Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth was charged with developing a prevention-focused action plan to decrease the prevalence of obesity in children and youth in the United States. The primary emphasis of the committee’s task was on examining the behavioural and cultural factors, social constructs, and other broad environmental factors involved in childhood obesity and identifying promising approaches for prevention efforts. The plan consists of explicit goals for preventing obesity in children and youth and a set of recommendations, all geared toward achieving those goals, for different segments of society. See more.