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Hawaii Schools Improve Overall in line with DOE Wellness Guidelines


Posted:April 20, 2015

Categories:Cafeteria, DOE, DOH, Hawaii Schools, Nutrition, Recess, Schools, Wellness

In a recent Safety and Wellness Survey (SAWS) for the 2013-14 school year, all Hawaii public (non-charter) schools have achieved an average of 79 percent of the DOE Wellness Guildelines.

Among the guidelines include, a minimum of 20 minutes of supervised recess promoting moderate to vigorous activity as well as meals featuring fresh and minimally processed fruit and vegetables. The toughest guideline, as reported by Hawaii principals, fell on ensuring only nutritious foods and beverages are sold or provided to students outside the cafeteria. Only 43 percent of schools were able to meet this requirement. However, all Hawaii School meals met or exceeded the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrient standards. Over 90 percent of Hawaii Schools were also able to promote posivite nutritional messages on campus, integrate nutrition education, and align required physical education classes with state standards. 

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