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Public Health - Seattle & King County

School nutrition and physical activity policies

Recess Before Lunch

Recess Before LunchMost schools currently schedule recess after lunch. However, a recent Montana study demonstrates conclusively that a simple change in scheduling offers significant health and learning improvements: Children who ate lunch after being physically active had:

  • a higher nutritional intake
  • improved attention and behavior in the classroom
  • lower disciplinary rates

There is even report of fewer afternoon visits to the nurse's office for stomach aches!

School wellness policies
Farm to school