According to the US Department of Education and the National Center for Educational Statistics, most students in elementary schools receive between 9 and 13 hours a year of nutrition education. But numerous studies have found that it takes anywhere from 35 to 50 hours of specific health education to bring about changes in attitudes or behavior.
A recent study published in the Journal of School Health, Why and How Schools Make Nurtition Education Programs "Work," looked at schools who have initiated programs to increase the amount of nutrition education they are providing. They found 4 trends that helped these schools successfully implement new programs beyond the traditional curriculum. While these trends were specifically looked at through the lens of nutrition education, the same ideas can be applied across a number of off curriculum initiatives including programs focused on social emotional learning, 21st century skill building, or Global competencies.