For Immediate Release

February 9, 2016

Contact: Keenan Austin

(202) 724-8105



Results Released on the Impact of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA), a law enacted to reduce obesity rates among students attending public and public charter schools in the District of Columbia. The HSA sought to combat those trends by increasing student access to healthy meals, providing physical education and health-classes, and requiring physical activity during the school day. On February 9th, researchers from American University will present the findings of a five-year independent study, funded by Kaiser Permanente, on the implementation and effects of the HSA.

WHO:                  Councilmember Mary M. Cheh

                          Councilmember Yvette Alexander

                          Councilmember David Grosso

                          Celeste A. James, Director
                          Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic States

                          Anastasia Snelling, Ph.D., R.D.,  Professor
                          Dean, American University School of Education
                          Chair, American University Department of Health Studies

                          Sarah Irvine Belson, Ph.D.
                          Associate Professor
                          Executive Director, American University
                          Institute for Innovation in    

                           Amanda Delabar
                           Principal,  Tubman Elementary School

WHAT:             Presentation of research findings on the
                           implementation and impact of
                           the Healthy Schools Act

WHEN:             Tuesday, February 9th at 12:00 pm

WHERE:           Mayor's Press Briefing Room - Room G9

                           John A. Wilson Building

                           1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW