Comprehensive Framework for Addressing the School Nutrition Environment and Services
US children attend school for at least 6 hours a day and are exposed to multiple opportunities to make decisions that affect their health during this time. Schools can use the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to create environments that help students make healthy choices. The WSCC model includes the school nutrition environment and services, which refers to the foods and beverages that are available to students throughout the school day and information and messages about food, beverages, and nutrition that students encounter on school grounds.
A healthy school nutrition environment makes it easier for students to make healthy choices by giving them access to nutritious and appealing foods and beverages, consistent and accurate messages about good nutrition, and ways to learn about and practice healthy eating. Within a healthy school nutrition environment, school nutrition services provide meals that meet federal nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, as well as the health and nutrition needs of all students. They also help make sure that foods and beverages sold outside of school meal programs meet Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.