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Vol. 3 No. 1 (2024): Education Law and Policy Briefs Journal - 2024

Increased Water Consumption and Quality of Food Policies for Schools

February 14, 2023


In a state that ranks 23rd in childhood obesity, 28th in adult obesity, and has an obesity trend that continues to climb, South Dakota does not have required state wellness policies addressing consumption of water, nutrition standards, or quality of foods (The State of Obesity 2017: Better Policies for a Healthier America, 2017). Specific language, requirements, and strategies need to be established to address these areas that are lacking, and an emphasis and awareness should be placed on an overall healthier lifestyle specifically targeting increased water consumption, nutrition standards, and quality of food options in schools. Leaders in education have the responsibility to help educate the whole child, which includes outlining the dangers and potential side effects of childhood obesity along with providing strategies, support, and education in nutrition and healthy living.