Amy Ellen Schwartz to Lead $1.3 Million NIH Study on Link Between Obesity & School Performance

The New York City public schools offer a unique laboratoryfor studying the effects of school food policies and programs on obesity and academic achievement. With its 1.1 million students and more than 1,600 schools, the school system exhibits wide variation in food policies and programs across schools, considerable diversity in neighborhood settings and contexts, and a remarkably diverse student body.

With a newly awarded $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Health, a team of NYU researchers will study how school food policy shapes health, fitness, and academic outcomes among school children. Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz, who holds a joint appointment at the Steinhardt School and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, will lead the study.

“Understanding how schools shape the health and fitness of their students is a critical step in making positive changes in our education system,” says Schwartz, who serves as director of NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy.