Realising the potential of schools to improve adolescent nutrition

Case Studies & Research
p. 1-4
Periodical title
BMJ, 379:e067678 (2022)

In this article, the authors argue that school health programmes have the potential to mitigate a growing epidemic of malnutrition in children and adolescents. The key messages include: a) Schools are well placed to promote nutrition literacy, ensure food security, offer a healthy environment, and link students with health and nutrition services; b) Promotion of healthy growth and nutrition is not yet fully embedded into education systems; c) The disruption of school health and nutrition services during the Covid-19 pandemic has sharpened the resolve of countries to restore investment in school health and nutrition; d) WHO, Unesco, Unicef global standards for health promoting schools provide a framework to help governments embed healthy development and nutrition within education systems.

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