Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) ensure that students are represented in school wellness discussions. YACs empower students to present ideas, insights, and input on nutrition and physical activity; work alongside peers to assess wellness needs; and develop recommendations for enhancing/expanding the school wellness environment. YACs provide a platform for students to make positive impacts on their school's wellness policy. The YAC described in this article provided recommendations to increase fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods on the cafeteria menu; expand opportunities for physical activity; and enhance the school lunch experience in the cafeteria.
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Hughes, L. J., Savoca, L., & Grenci, A. (2015). Empowering Youth to Take Charge of School Wellness. The Journal of Extension, 53(3), Article 27. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss3/27