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CDC releases the results of the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)

Monday, August 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
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 CDC data show school districts improve nutrition, activity, and tobacco policies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released results from the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) that show school districts' progress on physical education/physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco policies. Key study findings for 2012 include:

· 93.6% of districts require elementary schools to teach physical education, an increase from 82.6% in 2000.

· 61.6% of districts have a formal agreement, such as a memorandum of agreement or understanding, between the school district and another public or private entity for shared use of school or community property in 2012. Among those districts, more than half had agreements with a local youth organization (e.g., the YMCA, Boys or Girls Clubs, or the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts) or a local parks or recreation department.

· 43.4% of districts require schools to prohibit offering junk foods in vending machines, as compared with 29.8% in 2006.

· 33.5% of districts allowed soft drink companies to advertise soft drinks on school grounds, down from 46.6% in 2006.

· 73.5% of districts have food procurement contracts that address nutritional standards for foods that can be purchased separately from the school breakfast or lunch, an increase from 55.1% in 2006.

· 67.5% of districts have policies that prohibit all tobacco use during any school-related activity as compared with 46.7% percent in 2000.

SHPPS is the largest and most comprehensive survey to assess school health policies that impact children on a daily basis. As a national survey conducted periodically to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels, SHPPS assesses the characteristics of eight components of school health:

· health education

· physical education and activity

· health services

· mental health and social services

· nutrition services

· healthy and safe school environment

· faculty and staff health promotion

· family and community involvement

SHPPS was conducted at all levels in 1994, 2000, and 2006. The 2012 study collected data at the state and district levels only. The school- and classroom-level data from SHPPS will be collected in 2014 and released in 2015.

For more information about SHPPS, visit For information about CDC's efforts to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents, visit or contact Jennifer Greaser at

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