Healthy Eating and Active Living:

 Let's Move to Combat Childhood Obesity! 

When school leaders understand the effects obesity has on growing children and adolescents, they are better able to work with schools to combat this issue through Healthy Eating and Active Living.

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Learn how physical activity and healthy eating can help students succeed in schools.

At A Glance

 Approximately 12.7 million children and adolescents are obese in the United States.1

Fewer and fewer students bike or walk to school each day. Activities after school increasingly include sitting in front of screens, rather than playing outside. Students, particularly with  lower socioeconomic statuses, don't always have access to healthy, nutritious food.  Consuming unhealthy food combined with not enough exercise raises the prevalence of obesity in children.

For over a decade, AASA has worked on issues related to Healthy Eating and Active Living in school districts; with a focus on preventing childhood obesity through physical activity.

Childhood obesity is a serious issue that all levels of society must work together to solve, including schools. AASA helps bolster superintendents abilities to achieve success by:

  1. Connecting superintendents together with other superintendents
  2. Providing valuable resources to move the needle forward in reducing the prevalence obesity
  3. Serving as a constant source of support

We have worked with school system leaders to combat childhood obesity by improving the school environment to provide children and teens with healthier school choices and more physical activity opportunities. 

  •  In October 2015, AASA joined the Active Schools initiative,  a national collaborative which is aimed at ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 Schools.

School district leaders, particularly superintendents, play a vital role in ensuring schools can offer healthier food options and enhance the amount of physical activity exhibited throughout the school day.


 Since 2004, AASA has collaborated with a variety of organizations on work relating to Healthy Eating and Healthy Living including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Leadership for Healthy Communities (LHC), The National Alliance of Black School Administrators (NABSE), and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

The following reflect AASA's more recent partnerships with organizations: 


1  “Childhood Obesity Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. September 3, 2014.  

Resource Library

  • View our Resource Library on Healthy Eating and Active Living, specifically on how to prevent childhood obesity through physical activity.

June 2017

Staff Contact 

Kayla Jackson, Project Director, Coordinated School Health