Perhaps no training is as important for the long-term success of a child as providing them with the knowledge and skills for a healthy life. Access to healthy foods is critical for long-term health, and children in all grades should participate in coordinated school health programs (CSHPs) that provide health education; daily active physical education; safe, nutritious and healthy food for school meals and snacks; and parental education and involvement.
A healthy child is a happy child, ready to learn. Parents want to serve healthy meals to their children and be good role models, and a good coordinated school health program helps parents do just that. Farm-to-school programs, school gardens and school grounds farmers markets complement CSHPs.