DOH, DOE Make Healthy Changes in Public Schools

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The Department of Health has partnered with the Department of Education to provide healthier food in all Hawaii public schools statewide.

The DOE developed and implemented new Wellness Guidelines, which include standards for food provided on campus, nutrition education, physical education and activity.

This is part of a national movement prompted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Reauthorizaton Act.

The development of the Wellness Guidelines is an extension of an eight-year DOH-DOE partnership that supports health education, physical education, physical activity and nutrition services.

More than 5,300 teachers and staff have participated in DOE-DOH trainings so far.

Health officials hope the Wellness Guidelines will lead to significant changes in all public schools over the next four years.