The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) supported the ongoing monitoring and analysis work being conducted by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) School Wellness Survey. This initiative created linkages between School Wellness Survey data and those of federal school health-related surveillance systems supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The School Wellness Survey, the only survey of its kind, has collected and analyzed the wellness-related policies of more than 2,000 school districts since 2006. These data provide a robust baseline of information that will allow investigators to evaluate the effectiveness of wellness-related polices adopted following the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) in 2010. Supporting this work was central to NCCOR’s goal of providing national leadership to accelerate implementation of evidence-informed practice and policy.