State law addresses healthy eating/nutrition.
Code of State Rules 44E Next Generation Health Education 5-12 Content Standard and Objective for West Virginia Schools (252.5)
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention HE.1 Compare and contrast components of total wellness (e.g., physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, intellectual). HE.2 Differentiate between the positive and potentially negative effects of local and global environmental health problems (e.g. pollution/hazards, food production, energy, disease, public health issues). HE.3 Analyze and interpret ways public health and social policies, along with government regulations, influence health promotion and disease prevention (e.g., local, state, federal, and world health organizations). HE.4 Differentiate between the causes of communicable and non-communicable diseases and identify/apply skills to prevent them (e.g. STDs/STIs, HIV/AIDS, bacteria/viral infections, universal precaution).
HE.29 Recognize and demonstrate the positive effects of nutrition and physical activity on health.
West Virginia Code 18-2-9. Required courses of instruction.
The state board shall cause to be taught in all of the public schools of this state the subject of health education, including instruction in any of the grades six through twelve as considered appropriate by the county board, on: (1) The prevention,transmission and spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other sexually transmitted diseases; (2) substance abuse, including the nature of alcoholic drinks and narcotics, tobacco products and other potentially harmful drugs, with special instruction as to their effect upon the human system and upon society in general; (3) the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to maintaining healthy weight; and (4) education concerning cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, including instruction in the care for conscious choking, and recognition of symptoms of drug or alcohol overdose. The course curriculum requirements and materials for the instruction shall be adopted by the state board by rule in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Resources. The state board shall prescribe a standardized health education assessment to be administered within health education classes to measure student health knowledge and program effectiveness.