Research and Publications
Looking for more in-depth research or data? You'll find it here. This page is divided into two sections. The first section contains recent national research on wellness. The second section contains presentations, white papers, and scholarly articles related to wellness research.
Recently Published Articles and Reports
Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap, a research program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released a September 2010 study that shows school districts have gained some ground in improving their wellness policies but that too often these policies are weak. The study shows that guidelines for competitive foods and beverages are especially lax, and many don’t comply with federal mandates.
America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Using statistical data from 22 federal agencies, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics released in July 2010 a comprehensive report about the well-being of children and families throughout the nation since 1997, which shows critical trends over time that help readers better understand real needs within families.
2009 Colorado Healthy Kids Colorado Survey
Every two years, the Colorado Department of Education conducts a statewide survey of Colorado teens that focuses on health and wellness issues – including teen pregnancy, obesity and violence. This survey is a combination of the National Youth at Risk Behavior Survey (see next entry) and the Colorado Youth Survey. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey has been administered again in the Fall of 2011; the new report will be available in early 2012.
2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey data
In June 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the 2009 national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey data that reveals both national and state-by-state data about student obesity, physical activity, drug use and more. Results from the 2011 YRBS study will be released in summer 2012.
Increasing Academic Achievement by Addressing Student Health
A California Endowment brief released in February 2010 describes how students’ health can impact their educational achievement and the steps policymakers can take to better address student health in schools.
New Report Highlights Changes Needed to Support Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in U.S. Elementary School
Report Highlights Changes Needed to Support Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in US Elementary Schools. It's little or no surprise that a new report from the Bridging the Gap and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discovered that schools don't always provide healthy food for students, often serving soda and less nutritious food, and students are not getting the physical activity they need.
School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Survey Results
While childhood obesity has increased dramatically, contributing to health problems and decreased student performance, this report published in September 2010 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reveals that elementary schools across the nation continue to offer unhealthy choices and limited physical activity. Find out more about how to change policies in schools to help children eat healthier food and be more active.
School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity
National Secondary School Survey Results. This study, released in May 2011, reveals that although there have been improvements in what is offered on the lunch line, schools participating in the National Lunch Program are still allowed to sell pizza, processed foods, and sugary drinks. In addition, physical activity - especially in intramural sports - still needs improvement. This study was conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
F as in Fat 2011: How the Obesity Crisis Threatens America
In July 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health published a new report examining obesity trends within the United States that describes the obesity problem and assesses federal, state and community policies.
F as in Fat 2010: How the Obesity Crisis Threatens America’s Future
In August 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health published a new report examining obesity trends within the United States that describes the obesity problem and assesses federal, state and community policies.
Promoting Healthy Communities and Preventing Childhood Obesity
Published in June 2010 by the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, this report looks at policy-driven efforts to address childhood obesity in schools and at the state level, including obesity, school nutrition, nutrition education, diabetes screening at school and school wellness.
Obesity Prevention Policies for Middle and High Schools: Are We Doing Enough?
A 2010 report from the National Association of State Boards of Education concludes that states and school districts have not widely adopted policies that could help middle and high school students be more active and eat healthier. The report notes that the need for physical activity and healthy eating does not decrease when a child enters adolescence. If anything, it increases.
2010 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA
Released in July 2010 by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, this report shows little progress has been made to provide daily physical education to students in grades K-12. In fact, the report shows more schools are offering student waivers from PE classes and in turn, limiting any progress toward creating healthy learning environments.
The State of Play: Gallup Survey of Principals on School Recess
A February 2010 report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes findings from a survey of nationwide elementary school principals. The survey revealed that principals overwhelmingly believe recess has a positive impact not only on the development of students’ social skills, but also on achievement and learning. But the report notes that principals also say recess is a difficult time of day to manage and as a result, disciplinary issues arise that are counterproductive to learning.
Scholarly Research and In-Depth Articles
Communicating and Changing Behaviors - Article
Other People's Habits - Article
Why and How People Change Behaviors - excerpt from book of the same name by Joseph Leutzinger, PhD, and John Harris, Med
Coordinated School Health
Coordinated School Health Background - Article
Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools - Coordinated School Health Guide
Effectiveness of School-Based Program on Body Composition and Behavior - Journal Article
Colorado Health Foundation 2010 Report Card
Summary of Selected Evidence-Based Research from Healthy Kids Learn Better and Making the Connection: Health and Student Achievement - White Paper
Healthier Students Are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reforms to Close the Achievement Gap - White Paper
Research Review: School-Based Health Interventions and Academic Achievement - White Paper
Using Coordinated School Health to Promote Mental Health for All Students
Business Costs in Smoke-Filled Environments - Article
Employer's Smoking Cessation Guide
Smoking and Absenteeism and Productivity - Journal Article
Employee Absence Management
Workplace Productivity Poll - White Paper
Presenteeism and Employee Health - Journal Article
Workplace Nutrition and Physical Activity - Article
Exercise in the Workplace - Journal Article
Environment, Green Spaces, and Gardens
The Case for Community Greening Research Agenda - Report
School Conditions and Student Achievement - White Paper
National Gardening Association 2010 Annual Report
Assessing a Garden-based Curriculum for Elementary Youth in Iowa: Parental Perceptions of Change - Journal Article
Daylighting Impacts on Human Performance in Schools - Journal Article
The Effect of the National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitat Program on Fourth Grade Students’ Standardized Test Scores - Journal Article
Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America - White Paper
Managing Asthma in the School Environment - White Paper
Parks and Other Green Environments: Essential Components of a Healthy Human Habitat - White Paper
School Indoor Air Quality Best Practices - White Paper
Yoga, Meditation Program Helps City Youth Cope with Stress - Article
Mindful Kids, Peaceful Schools - Article
Neighborhood Disadvantage, Stressful Life Events and Adjustment in Urban Elementary School Children - Journal Article
Teaching Skills for Stress Control and Positive Thinking to Elementary School Children - Journal Article
CPPW and Tri County Health Department Presentation on Findings of 2010 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results - PowerPoint Presentation
Wake Up Australia: The Value of Healthy Sleep - Report
Happiness and Academic Achievement: Evidence for Reciprocal Causality - White Paper
Stress in Elementary Children - White Paper
Nutrition and Food Culture
Eating in the 20th Century - Article
An Ounce of Prevention, A Pound of Cure - Article
Tracking a Century of American Eating - Article
Ecoliteracy Rethinking School Lunch - Guide
A Policy-Based School Intervention to Prevent Overweight and Obesity - Journal Article
Restricting Snacks in U.S. Elementary Schools Is Associated with Higher Frequency of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption - Journal Article
Strategies for Success: Making the Most of the New School Water and Milk Requirements - Presentation
Institute of Medicine School Meals Recommendations 2011 - PowerPoint Presentation
CDC: Childrens Food Environment 2011 - Report
Impact of Food Prices on Obesity - Report
A Nation At Risk - Obesity in the United States - Report
An Ounce of Prevention, A Pound of Cure - Article
Relationship Between Student Health and Learning - Article
CDE: Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards - Guide
Putting Physical Activity Where It Fits in the School Day: Preliminary Results of the ABC (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) for Fitness Program - Journal Article
School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior - Journal Article
Physical Education, School Physical Activity, School Sports and Academic Performance - Journal Article
Relation of Academic Performance to Physical Activity in Children - Journal Article
A Nation At Risk - Obesity in the United States - Report
Active Education - Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Academic Performance - White Paper
CDC: The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance - White Paper
Childhood Overweight and Academic Performance: National Study of Kindergartners and First-Graders
Stability Balls and Behavior - White Paper