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Healthy School Environment

Healthy eating and regular physical activity play a role in preventing chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. Many factors influence the food and activity choices of young people. Families, friends, neighborhoods and schools can have an impact on the choices children make.

Schools play an important role that can effect a child's healthy start. Young people spend more than half their day at school. If young people learn to make healthy choices at school, they likely will carry those healthy choices into adulthood.  

School-based health centers (SBHCs) are facilities that provide preventive and primary health care services to children and adolescents located on or near a school campus. See an interactive map of SBHCs in Texas.

View information and resources listed below for local wellness policy, nutritional environment, physical activity environment and whole health environment. Contact the local school administrator, school board, and/or school health advisory council for more information on a local school or district’s environment or programs. 

Local Wellness Policy





Nutrition Environment

For Educators

School Meals



Additional Resources

Physical Activity Environment



For Educators

Physical Activity and Education

Out of School Activity

Whole Health Environment

Strategic Planning

Family Engagement

Additional Resources

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External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may not be accessible to people with disabilities. 

Last updated July 8, 2021