LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Yale University has given the Howard County School system an “A” when it comes to its wellness policy, ranking among the top third in the nation.
While the national average for schools’ wellness policies is 48, Howard County scored a 95. Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity Director Marlene Schwartz says the score is high because they offer what she calls “competitive foods.”
“Those are the foods that are not part of the actual school lunch, but are sold ‘a la carte,'” Schwartz says.
Howard County scored a perfect 100 in three categories: USDA Child Nutrition Programs & School Meals, Competitive and Other Foods & Beverages and Evaluation.
She says they’ve done a good job offering food options outside the standard school lunches, but adds that the county needs to improve its physical education program.
For an idea of how well Howard County is doing, Schwartz says most school districts across the country struggle to even get a passing grade.
See the report card here.