Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a survey of health-risk behaviors conducted in middle and high schools every two years in Washington, DC and around the United States. The YRBS covers six topic areas including:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Sexual risk behaviors
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Physical inactivity

The Healthy Schools Act aims to help children and teens maintain a healthy weight by improving access to healthy fresh local foods, increasing the amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered in school meals and increasing the amounts of physical activity and health education in schools. To learn about the most recent report, click here.

Breakfast/Lunch Access

The Breakfast Bunch rap video
Breakfast Club Teachers Training video

Healthy Schools Act fact sheets (pdf):

School Breakfast Program

National School Lunch Program

School Nutrition

District of Columbia Public Schools – Food Services

Office of the State Superintendent of Education – School Programs

Farm to School

DC Farm to School Network
Growing Healthy Schools Month
SDA/FNS Memo Geographic Preference for the Procurement of Unprocessed
Agricultural Products in the Child Nutrition Programs

Physical Activity & Education

Office of the State Superintendent of Education

D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation
Physical activity opportunities including access to recreation centers, fields, playgrounds, and other facilities as directed by the D.C. Healthy Schools Act to provide for schools.

Fuel Up to Play 60
A nutrition and physical activity program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League; schools can apply for funding and incentives for making changes toward healthier eating and more activity.

Action for Healthy Kids
Offers free and low-cost programs and resources so that children in all schools get to learn about and engage in healthy eating and daily physical activity.

Health Education

See resources under Physical Activity & Education above.

School Environment

District Department of the Environment

DCPS recycling program

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools


School Garden Q&As policy memo (pdf)

The District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium

DC Schoolyard Greening

D.C. Greens

Kids Garden News

Annie’s Grants for Gardens

The Fruit Tree 101 Program

America the Beautiful Fund – Operation Green Plant

Competitive Foods

USDA’s Competitive Foods Calculator

Healthy Fundraising – Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Health & Wellness

District of Columbia Public Schools
DCPS Local Wellness Policy (pdf)

OSSE School Health Profiles

Local School Wellness Policy