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. According to the 2012 YRBS survey results, the percentage of D.C. high school students who are obese significantly decreased from 17% in 2007 to 15% in 2012. To read the full report, click here.

Breakfast/Lunch Access

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 (pdf)

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


The District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium

D.C. Greens

Kids Garden News

Annies Grants for Gardens

The Fruit Tree 101 Program

Competitive Foods

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product 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