School nutrition strategies

The State of Obesity report shows North Dakota has the 10th lowest rate of obesity among kids ages 10 to 17. That's significant, because at one point North Dakota's rate was one of the highest.

A school health specialist with the North Dakota Department of Health says a grant from the Centers for Disease Control worked to reduce student health, along with heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The health department measured performance through WellSAT, a tool schools use to improve local school wellness policies.

“There's trainings that are provided year round by our regional associations and those trainings are open to anyone across the state on nutrition, physical activity, smarter lunch room strategies,” said Sarah Massey, school health specialist at the NDDOH.

The CDC says before the funding, North Dakota schools did not meet a single one of the 9 nutrition performance standards, but now achieves seven of the nine.