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Sponsor: Dannon Institute

Dear District Administrator,

In 2006, the federal government mandated the establishment of school wellness policies in response to the growing problem of overweight and obesity among U.S. children. School administrators across the country spearheaded the creation and adoption of wellness policies, with broad implications in the school, including the cafeteria, classroom and playground.

Assessment of your district’s school wellness policies provides important information on how well your guidelines are working to further the good health of your students. This publication offers a foundation for developing an assessment process for your district. We recognize that assessment is a large undertaking. A school wellness assessment committee comprised of interested staff members, parents, students and community volunteers can help you evaluate school progress in an efficient way. Effective assessment procedures can help to identify successes, as well as challenges and barriers that still need to be overcome. This information can guide changes to your wellness initiatives.

We hope that you fi nd this publication to be helpful as you lead your district to improved health and wellness of its students.


Cheryl Achterberg

Ph.D. Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University

Founding Member, Board of Directors, The Dannon Institute