San Francisco Unified School District Healthy Food Policy
A Good Idea
SFUSD’s Board of Education resolved to rid the schools of soda and junk food beginning with the 2003-04 school year in January 2003. A district nutrition and physical activity committee was formed. A successful pilot program began at the Aptos Middle School in January 2003 where the students were surveyed to determine the preferred choices of healthy foods. A new policy brought the Aptos nutrition standard to every school in the District by the start of the 2003-2004 school year.
Goal / Mission
SFUSD aimed to provide students with healthy and appealing food choices and to diminish the dependence of schools and school-related organizations on selling unhealthy foods.
Results / Accomplishments
The program discontinued the sale of sodas and unhealthy snacks by the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year and is now suggesting ways to replace revenues currently secured through the sale of these items. The pilot program at Aptos Middle School was successful in turning a formerly money-losing cafeteria operation into a money maker by the end of the year. When the polciy was implemented districtwide, results also included reduced litter on the yard and improved student behavior after lunch. The school principal credited the removal of junk food as one of two reasons for a 50% reduction in suspension rate over the previous year.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Dana Woldow, Co-chair, SFUSD Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee
San Francisco Unified School District
555 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
- San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Geographic Type
- San Francisco
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- Target Audience
- Children, Teens