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Health and Wellness

OSSE supports health and wellness by working with schools and community-based organizations to promote positive healthy behaviors and to improve the quality of life for children and youth in the District of Columbia. We offer capacity building to schools and community based organizations through the administration of the federal child nutrition programs, the distribution of federal and local funding, technical assistance, and programming.

Health is critical for learning. OSSE provides assistance for schools around curriculum and instruction, hosts health programs and initiatives, supporting mental health in schools, and oversees the Health & Physical Education Assessment (HPEA) and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). You can also find more information about health and wellness data or navigate to reports. Schools and community-based organizations can request support and resources.

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OSSE supports nutrition and food programs, including the National School Lunch Programs, Free Summer Meals, Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program.


Our health and wellness work is supported by key District and federal policy, including the Healthy Schools Act and Healthy Tots Act.