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2017 School Health Index

The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2017 is an online self-assessment and planning tool (also available in a downloadable, printable version) that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It’s easy to use and completely confidential. 2017 School Health Index aligns with Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child. Abridged versions are available from the Alliance and Action for Healthy Kids.

A Checklist: Elements of a Great Recess

See this checklist for a list of considerations for what makes great recess. The checklist includes elements relevant to time, play space, games, rules, staff, student empowerment, positive school environment, and ideas for indoor recess.

A Guide for Incorporating Health and Wellness into School Improvement Plans (2016)

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released a new resource: A Guide to Incorporating Health and Wellness into School Improvement Plans. School improvement plans provide a systematic opportunity to address the needs of the whole child, incorporating physical, social, emotional and/or behavioral health priorities into schools. The guide is designed to provide public health agencies and other education partners an understanding of improvement plans and their purpose and role in schools and districts. It outlines opportunities to incorporate health and wellness-related goals and aligned activities into the improvement planning process, and highlights useful examples from a state, district and schools that have done it.

A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools

This colorful booklet provides an overview of Smart Snacks Standards and how to tell if a food/beverage meets the requirements. This is a ready-to-go resource for anyone that oversees the sale of foods/beverages to students on the school campus during the school day.

Active Indoor Recess

This training provides concrete examples of how to engage students for indoor recess.

Best Practices for Healthy School Fundraisers

Use this brochure to help your school earn extra money for different activities, events, and equipment that keep students excited and engaged. This brochure provides ideas to use healthy choices for fundraising that sell only nonfood items or foods that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. The four-fold brochure provides information on Smart Snack Requirements and fundraising ideas. And, there are four successful fundraising stories from schools that have raised money in a variety of ways.

Brain Boosters: Benefits of Physical Activity Breaks

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability published a resource page on brain boosters to give teachers tips for incorporating short, 10-minute or less classroom activities that combine physical activity with classroom learning.

CDC CHANGE Tool

This CHANGE tool helps community teams (such as coalitions) develop their community action plan. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement. Community-At-Large Sector, Community Institution/Organization Sector; Health Care Sector; School Sector; Work Site Sector

CDC’s Physical Activity Facts

This CDC website provides a brief overview of school-based physical activity facts including benefits of physical activity, long-term consequences of inactivity, and current participation in physical activity and physical education among youth. The website also links to other CDC resources related to youth physical activity.

CDC’s Nutrition and the Health of Young People

This CDC website provides a brief overview of school-based nutrition facts including benefits of healthy eating, consequences of a poor diet, current eating behaviors of young people, and the link between diet and academic performance. The website also links to other CDC resources related to school-based nutrition.

Center for Healthy Food Access

The Food Trust, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently announced the Center for Healthy Food Access launch. Its goals are to promote access to nutrition and affordable food for children nationwide, while catalyzing new ideas and sustaining recent progress around food access. Some initiative efforts include strengthening SNAP and WIC, improving school food and water quality, developing healthy food access venues in underserved areas, and working with businesses on healthy food marketing.

Child Nutrition Site Visit Guide

The Child Nutrition Programs benefit millions of low-income children each day, providing healthy food both in and out of school. These programs are public policy at its best, and that is why it is critically important for advocates to invite Members of Congress, as well as state and local elected officials, to visit Child Nutrition Program sites. Seeing children engaged in activities and eating nutritious meals can move an elected official to become a champion for strengthening the programs. This fact sheet offers steps for organizing, planning and hosting a Child Nutrition site visit for Members of Congress, as well as state and local elected officials.

CHLI Assessment

Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) contains assessments for six key community settings: afterschool child care sites, early childhood programs, neighborhoods, schools, work sites and the community at large. Each assessment contains questions about policies and practices that support healthy lifestyles. Each question provides a “best practice” or improvement idea for sites to implement

Community Health Media Center Resources

The Community Health Media Center (CHMC) provides free and low-cost advertisements and materials for use by health departments and nonprofit organizations. The advertisements and materials focus on the built environment, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and other chronic diseases or conditions. The CHMC includes television, radio, print, outdoor (e.g., billboard, transit), and web advertisements; as well as infographics and support materials such as brochures, fact sheets, flyers, posters, postcards. Browse the collection by visiting the CHMC website and creating an account.

Complete Streets: Changing Policy

Presentation, along with presenters notes, to facilitate a discussion of Complete Streets in one’s community. Includes background on what Complete Streets are and provides example policies

Comprehensive Framework for Addressing the School Nutrition Environment and Services

This CDC framework provides school nutrition professionals, school health professionals, administrators, teachers, and parents detailed information on the components of a school nutrition environment and how, together, they influence a students’ access to healthy foods and beverages at school. Access the PDF here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/pdf/school_nutrition_framework_508tagged.pdf

Developing a Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement

This fact sheet outlines key considerations for schools, including what to look for when soliciting a vendor, best practices to ensure a sound agreement, and ways for parents and other community members to get involved in the process.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines reflect the current body of nutrition science and provide recommendations to help Americans make healthy food and beverage choices and serve as the foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs across the United States. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the Nation’s go-to source for nutrition advice for public health professionals and is published every 5 years.

Discover MyPlate Teacher’s Guide

The Discover MyPlate Teacher’s Guide includes six standards-based, inquiry-led, student-centered and teacher approved lessons for kindergarten.

Drinking Water Safety in Schools

Drinking Water Safety in Schools graphically shows where lead can enter tap water in schools and provides an overview of steps to take to ensure tap water safety.

ENACT Local Policy Database

This policy database includes policies that have been enacted from a wide variety of states, jurisdictions, and topics. Users can refine their serach by filtering based on cities, counties, school districts, regional bodies, or special districts. The intended use is to provide sample policy language for jurisdictions looking to enact their own policies.

Engaging Students with Disabilities in Safe Routes to School

A new infobrief provides information for Safe Routes to School staff, volunteers, or program leaders on how to plan and develop a program that considers and meets the needs of students with disabilities.

This infobrief describes the benefits of Safe Routes to School for students with disabilities, strategies for including students with disabilities within the six E’s of Safe Routes to School, important components of inclusive Safe Routes to School programming, considerations for students with different kinds of disabilities, and ways to partner and build your resources.”

ESSA Resources

Right now, every state is putting together a comprehensive plan to ensure all students receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education. These plans are required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recently passed by Congress. To help every student succeed, Voices for Healthy Kids is advocating for physical education to be included in every state’s ESSA plans. PE addresses the needs of the whole child, positively impacting their physical, mental and emotional health, making it a critical part of every child’s education. The resources below can help deliver an important message to education leaders in your state:

Fast Facts

The documents found at the links below provide facts from up-to-date studies and “fast facts” written in consumer friendly language. To reduce review time, materials developed using facts from these documents exactly as they are written will not need additional science review, which will reduce the overall product review time.

Fighting for Equitable Transportation Fact Sheet

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently published a fact sheet, Fighting for Equitable Transportation: Why it Matters, that explores why safe and convenient walking and biking matter for low-income communities and communities of color. This fact sheet is a companion resource to At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity: Joining Forces to Make Communities Healthier and Fairer.

Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: A School Health Policy Guide

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has created model policy language around physical activity in schools for replication and dissemination. This document is intended for school wellness advocates and school administrators.

Food Marketing in Schools

This website provides an overview of food marketing in schools and includes fact sheets, model policies and reports.

Get Rolling With a Bike Train Program

This handout covers frequently asked questions for starting a bike train program. This resource is great for school staff and principals!

With a bike train, a group of students bike to school together, accompanied by adults who make sure students stay safe and have fun. A bike train is a fun and easy way for kids to
safely get physical activity on the way to or from school and a great way for students who live too far to conveniently walk to participate in Safe Routes to School.

Get Up and Get Groovin’ – Classroom Physical Activity Breaks Tracker

“We know all kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Physical activity in the classroom as a great way to help your
students meet these minutes! Strive to incorporate at least 10 minutes of daily physical activity through movement breaks in your
classroom. Teachers can download the Action for Healthy Kids Classroom Physical Activity Tracker. Teachers can post it in a visible location and assign a student to fill it out at the end of each day.”

Guidelines for Responsible Food Marketing to Children

These Guidelines for Responsible Food Marketing to Children are for food manufacturers, restaurants, supermarkets, television and radio stations, movie studios, magazines, public relations and advertising agencies, schools, toy and video game manufacturers, organizers of sporting or children’s events, and others who manufacture, sell, market, advertise, or otherwise promote food to children. The Guidelines provide criteria for marketing food to children in a manner that does not undermine children’s diets or harm their health. The Guidelines may be helpful to parents, school officials, legislators, community and health organizations, and others who are seeking to improve children’s diets

Health and Academic Achievement Overview

This document provides evidence linking healthy eating and physical activity to academic achievement; evidence-driven messages with specific benefits to states, school districts, schools, parents, and students; specific, feasible, and effective actions to support healthy eating and physical activity in schools; key resources to learn more.

Health and Academics

This fact sheet provides information highlighting/showcasing evidence regarding academic success and health.

Health Disparities Data Widget

Healthy People 2020’s data widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data that can be viewed by disparity type—including disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex.

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school-wide coordinated approach works best. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is providing these resources under its Team Nutrition initiative to help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity.

Healthy Community Design and Access to Healthy Food Legislation Database

This database of the National Conference of State Legislatures is a valuable tool for anyone interested in state-level legislation related to active living and healthy eating. Users can search by state, topic area(s), year, bill type, bill status, and/or bill number. The website also has a text search feature. This database can be used to develop local policy language and check that local policies are in line with state policies.

Healthy Corner Stores: Making Corner Stores Healthier Places to Shop

In this USDA guide, you will learn how to lay the groundwork for planning and implementing a successful program in your community. It’s important to note that all communities are different, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” corner store program that works for every State, city, or neighborhood. A number of case studies, resources, and best practice recommendations from organizations that have effectively maintained these programs are included for additional learning and support.

Healthy Hydration

Healthy Hydration teaches the benefits of drinking water in place of sugar-sweetened beverages

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: School and Local Government Collaborations

The Local Government Commission and the Cities, Counties, and Schools Partnership produced this fact sheet in April 2007 showing how collaborative efforts between government officials and schools can join forces to reduce childhood obesity. It provides research resources and eight specific examples of policies (some of which are safe routes to schools initiatives), join use agreement, community garden programs, and fast food zoning policies.

Healthy Non-Food Rewards

This brief guide provides suggestions for healthy non-food rewards for elementary, middle, and high schools students.

Healthy School Food Policies: A Checklist

With the help of health and community activists, legislators, parents, and school officials, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute developed this extensive checklist in June 2005. The checklist covers the school environment, quality, and educational opportunities regarding food, using reliable sources, for school administrators to replicate within their own organizations.

Healthy School Pledge

Schools can make the Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Pledge. Encourage posting the signed pledge on a bulletin board in the hallway.

Healthy Schools Action Toolkit from NYC DOHMH

The newly released Healthy Schools Action Toolkit provides resources for elementary school administration, staff, families, and wellness councils. The Center for Health Equity has designed a toolkit to help schools create School Wellness Councils and School Wellness Policies to improve the health of the school community. As part of the toolkit, there are resources for principals, teachers, parents and students that will help: Promote Active Living: Ensure students get 60 minutes of daily physical activity through physical education, active recess, classroom physical activity breaks, active transportation to and from school and before- and after-school physical activity programs; and Promote Healthy Eating: Start by removing chocolate milk from your school menu to reduce the amount of sugar children consume daily. Serve plain (unflavored) 1% or skim milk instead.

Healthy Staff Meeting

Healthy schools need healthy role models. What’s a better way to start than to host a healthy staff meeting? Adding physical activity breaks or nutritious snacks can help staff stay attentive during meetings, get excited about school wellness, and help reinforce your efforts to become a healthy school. Plus, if students see staff practicing what they preach, they are more likely to want to practice those healthy behaviors themselves. Here are a few ideas to make your next school staff meeting a little bit healthier:

Joint Use Toolkit

This guide is designed to help school staff and community leaders craft and implement joint use agreements. It includes model language and success stories, as well as financing strategies.

Keep Calm and Carry On to School

A new infobrief, Keep Calm and Carry On to School: Improving Arrival and Dismissal for Walking and Biking, provides information on how schools, districts, cities, counties, and community partners can address arrival and dismissal in school travel plans as well as other planning, policy, and programming efforts.

Kid Power Ups

Kid Power Ups are short, interactive videos that get kids dancing and moving—the ideal brain break to help kids re-focus and learn more. These activity breaks also help other children around the world. It’s a winning combination of kids-helping-kids, and teachers and students all over the U.S. are loving it!

Let’s Go For A Walk

Check out this new, free walking audit toolkit from Safe Routes To School National Partnership. Walk audits can be informal and casual, or can include city councilmembers, traffic engineers, and detailed forms. In this toolkit, they give you the tools to hold your own walk audit that will help you achieve the goals of your community.

Let’s Go Toolkits

Let’s Go’s website has a host of toolkits which are loaded with information on how to integrate Let’s Go!‘s evidence based strategies and the 5-2-1-0 message into specific environments (schools, out-of-school, child care, health care and workplaces).

Let’s Move Active Schools Interactive Infographic

A new infographic is available to help schools easily identify physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development, grants, training, and technical assistance. Click on the Active Schools area you’d like to explore, and a list of evidenced-based resources will appear.

Local School Wellness Policy Research Briefs

CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported Bridging the Gap (BTG) research program developed a series of briefs highlighting opportunities to support wellness policies through evidence-based strategies. These briefs provide an assessment of policies across school districts nationwide during the 2012-2013 school year, related to seven wellness policy components. They also highlight areas of opportunity for state agencies, school districts, and schools to strengthen wellness policy components.

Marketing Matters

The complete report equips jurisdictions with the data and tools necessary to combat the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to young children. It provides a detailed legal analysis of the options available, and discusses strategies communities can use to reduce unhealthy marketing. A policy poster is also available.

Model and Sample Policy Language

Explore these resources when preparing to draft your local school wellness policy, and revisit them when putting the policy to action. You can also use these resources to compare your policy against model policies.

Model Wellness Policy Language

This word document provides a template for creating a “Basic” wellness policy that can be adapted to meet your district’s wellness priorities. This template meets the minimum Federal standards for local school wellness policy implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program “Bronze”-level recognition criteria, and minimum best practice standards accepted in the education and public health fields. Where appropriate, the template includes optional policy language school districts can use to establish a stronger policy that meets the Healthy Schools Program “Silver” or “Gold” levels. School districts should choose policy language that meets their current needs and also supports growth over time.

National Action Plan to Promote Health Through Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 2015 Report Card

This report provides an update on the status of fruit and vegetable consumption in the US as of 2015. It provides a list of prioritized strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in the following settings: nutrition promotion and marketing; supermarkets and other retailers; fruit and vegetable suppliers; restaurants and other food service establishments; schools, child care, and other institutions serving children/adolescents; work places; health care and health organizations; research and evaluation; and state and federal policy.

National Farm to School Month Fact Sheet

October is National Farm to School Month! This fact sheet offers an overview of National Farm to School Month and ideas for celebrating and taking action in your community.

New Resources for Recess in Schools Promotion Kit

School staff that are responsible for leading recess in schools can use the Strategies for Recess in Schools, Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice, and customizable Recess Planning Template to help them identify what is currently happening or not happening with recess in their school. School staff can then use this information to develop a written recess plan that serves all students. This promotion kit provides an overview of these new resources for recess in schools as well as ideas to promote them. The other resources can be found at these links: Recess Planning Template, Recess Planning in Schools guide, and Strategies for Recess Success in Schools.

NY Farm to School Resources

This website, run by NYS Agriculture and Markets, suggests resources for schools interested in starting a Farm to School program or participating in one.

NYS Health Impact Statements

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) is pleased to announce the release of four new Health Impact Statements: “Increasing Physical Activity at Schools in New York State”, “Improving Nutrition at Schools in New York State”, “Implementing Food Standards in New York State”, and “Increasing Breastfeeding in New York State”. From 2013-2018, NYS DOH received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the problem of obesity by increasing physical activity opportunities for students; improving the nutrition environment for students; implementing food service guidelines at community sites including work places, hospitals, municipalities and community-based organizations; and promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding in hospitals, health care practices, worksites and community organizations. The attached reports summarize the impact that this funding had on children and adults in NYS. Each report includes a description of the problem, the intervention, and the health impact. These reports have been approved for public use. Feel free to share them with partners or colleagues that are involved in initiatives to decrease obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and increase breastfeeding.

Out-of-School Time Toolkit

A new out-of-school time toolkit has information and resources to support kids to be physically active even when school is not in session.

Parent Letter – English

Customize the Action for Healthy Kids parent letter to remind parents of healthy ways to celebrate

Parent Letter – Spanish

Customize the Action for Healthy Kids parent letter to remind parents of healthy ways to celebrate (Spanish)

Parents for Healthy Kids

Parents for Healthy Kids is a national initiative created for parents, by parents, offering resources to help parents and caregivers become effective change agents in school and student health — includes this website and online community forum, school grants, and trainings.

Parents for Healthy Schools

This CDC report provides an overview of a healthy school environment with a focus on the school nutrition environment and services, physical education and physical activity, and managing chronic health conditions in schools; an overview of the framework for engaging parents in school health; and suggestions for how to use the resources. There is also a PowerPoint presentation that schools can use, and ideas for how parents can take action to improve school health environments.

PE + Health = Student Success

This Shape America infographic can help communicate the impact of physical activity on academic performance, one of many free downloadable posters and infographics.

Physical Activity Case Studies

Voices for Healthy Kids and The Safe Routes to School National Partnership have released a series of case studies on successful campaigns to increase physical activity. These new resources share stories of state- and local-level campaigns that have implemented Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, shared use agreements, environmental justice policies, and more. They provide excellent examples of how communities and organizations can advance policies and programs that institutionalize support for walking, biking, physical activity, and healthy communities. You can access the new case studies in the “Resource” section of the following Voices for Healthy Kids toolkits.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) are an essential resource for health professional and policymakers. Based on the latest science, they provide guidance on how children and adults can improve their health through physical activity. It also provides ways to help consumers understand the benefits of physical activity and how to make it a part of their regular routine.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) is a self-assessment and planning guide developed by CDC. It is designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards.

Physical Education Program Checklist

This Physical Education Program Checklist is designed to help school administrators, principals, teachers and
parents review their schools’ physical education programs to ensure that they are addressing what SHAPE America
has identified as the “essential components” of physical education.

Recess Planning Template

Supports schools to customize what is included in the recess plan to reflect their existing priorities and make recess decisions that support the unique culture of their school.

Resources to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption Among Latino Kids

Salud America! has released new materials on sugary drink consumption and Latino kids, including a research review, issue brief, and infographics. These new resources, available in English and Spanish, add to Salud America!’s library of existing materials on topics such as healthier schools, active spaces, healthy weight, and health equity.

Safe Routes to School (Roadmap & Brochure)

Safe Routes to School is a movement that is changing communities and making children healthier by getting children to use their own power to get to and from school. This illustrated roadmap highlights 13 policy options that can help make Safe Routes to School a permanent part of our communities.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

This website offers depth of expertise, a national support network, and know-how to help make communities and schools safer, healthier, and more active. Includes factsheets, guides, publications, webinars and more related to SRTS, shared use, healthy communities and active transportation

School Fundraisers: Make Money and a Positive Impact!

Raising money through fundraisers can support the financial health of schools. Yet, when non-nutritious foods are sold, it is at the expense of the health and well-being of children and their families. Eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages that are available. When schools sell candy, cookies, and other unhealthy foods, they are increasing their availability. Schools across New York are changing how they fundraise—whether it’s to provide fun, family activities; to help community members recycle unwanted electronics; or to sell school promotional items—to make a positive impact in the community. Some of the most successful ideas are provided on this handout.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity PowerPoint® Presentation

To help inform education and health professionals about the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, CDC has developed a free PowerPoint® presentation and accompanying materials that can be downloaded for public use. The Presentation can be used at state, regional, or local levels to introduce the guidelines to staff members at education and health agencies, schools, community groups, and other organizations interested in promoting healthy eating and physical activity through schools. It can be delivered at meetings, conferences, trainings of trainers, continuing education activities, or other public events, as well as used with individuals or teams.

School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide

The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2014 is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

Access the PDF for Middle and High schools here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/shi/pdf/middle-high-total-2014.pdf

School Meals: An Integral Part of the School Day

In this training, presenters from education and health discuss school nutrition and academic achievement, the changes brought by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and the expanded options for providing school meals.

School Wellness Policies: A Policy Brief

Recommendations and strategies for strengthening school wellness policies are provided in this easy-to-read resource. Published in 2009 by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, the report includes recommendations to address common weaknesses in school food policies such as incomplete policies, vague language, and food marketing in schools.

School Wellness Policy and Practice: Meeting the Needs of Low-Income Students

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) developed this guide in February 2006 for parents, school community leaders, and anti-hunger advocates addressing nutrition needs specifically for low-income students. The guide contains sample programs, policies, and key research to develop school wellness policies that meet the needs of vulnerable students.

School Wellness Resource Kit

This comprehensive guide provides tools to assess and improve the school, classroom, and home environment, as well as staff wellness through the lens of two school districts in Colorado.

Smart Snacks in Schools

As of 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day need to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. This one-pager summarizes the Smart Snacks standards, which were put in place as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

Smarter Lunchrooms

Smarter Lunchrooms use easy no-cost and low-cost changes to encourage students to select, eat, and enjoy healthier foods in school without eliminating their choice. These interventions can maintain or improve revenue and increase participation.

Social Determinants of Health

This website provides CDC resources for SDOH data, tools for action, programs, and policy. They may be used by people in public health, community organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being.

Springboard to Active Schools

Springboard to Active Schools’ new website has data, resources, and information to support physical activity at state, district, and local levels.

Springboard to Active Schools Data Brief: Keep Recess in Schools

As part of the Springboard to Active Schools initiative, NNPHI collaborated with Health Resources in Action and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop “Keep Recess in Schools.” Intended for partners in both the education and public health fields, this brief shares national data describing trends in the state of recess in U.S. schools. The brief also identifies key policies and practices that school districts and schools can apply and implement to promote and implement recess. Read this brief to learn more about the definition of recess, get a snapshot of current recess practices in the United States, and explore national guidance and practical strategies to improve recess.

Springboard to Active Schools Data Brief: Strengthen Physical Education in Schools

Physical education is an academic subject and is part of a well-rounded education. While many states require K-12 students to participate in some level of physical education, many physical education practices can be improved to help students meet the national recommendation of engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Physical education has a positive impact on students’ physical, mental, and emotional health. Students who take physical education build the ability, confidence, and desire to continue to be active in adulthood. “Strengthen Physical Education in Schools” provides partners in both the education and public health fields with national data that describes the state of physical education in schools in the United States, and identifies key policies and practices that school districts and schools can put in place to promote and strengthen physical education.

Starting a Food Hub: Successful Hubs Share Their Stories

This webinar brings together the stories of the formation and first year of three different, successful food hubs. Presenters share some of the best and worst decisions they made, including: what types of contacts they felt really helped their business to thrive; how much money they needed and where they got it; and others.

State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness: A Framework for Action

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the vital role that health and wellness play in education. This document focuses on supporting advocates who are interested in working with statelevel policymakers to develop state ESSA plans. It provides practical resources and emphasizes several key areas with the greatest potential impact on student health.

State ESSA Plans Website

Cairn Guidance launched a State ESSA Plan webpage to provide a snapshot of what individual state’s ESSA plans include to support the whole child. The snapshot also compares states across the country, identifies strengths of each plan, and shares opportunities for improvement and continued advocacy.

State Farm to School Networks Toolkit

State farm to school networks are key to bringing together diverse sectors and stakeholders and creating a united voice and set of priorities to propel the movement. This toolkit is designed to demonstrate best practices and lessons learned from existing state farm to school networks and to provide users with key strategies and approaches for developing and sustaining state farm to school networks. The toolkit includes a primer on general network models and development, a deep dive into state farm to school network best practices, case studies highlighting successful tools and tactics, and an analysis on challenges for and the future of state farm to school networks.

State Farm to School Positions Guide

Through this resource, stakeholders will find the information they need to strategically advocate for the creation of more state farm to school positions in state agencies and university Extension programs, including insight into the process of position creation and the benefits of these roles. Included are a list of existing state farm to school positions – both in state agencies and in university Extension offices – four state case studies, an analysis of the current landscape of state farm to school positions, and sample job descriptions for some of the positions featured in the resource.

Strategies for Recess in Schools

CDC and Shape America have developed new guidance documents that provide schools with 19 evidence-based strategies for recess, as well as a planning guide and template to help develop a written recess plan.

Strategies for Recess in Schools

CDC, in collaboration with SHAPE America, developed a document, “Strategies for Recess in Schools,” that outlines strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to help increase participation in physical activity and improve academic achievement. The strategies recommended in this document are based on an environmental scan of recess in schools; were guided by expert researchers, practitioners, and non-governmental organizations; and discussed and reviewed by physical educators, school administrators, and stakeholders.

Strategies to Improve Quality Physical Education

This brief CDC report summarizes two key strategies for improving the quality of physical education: implementing a well-designed curriculum, and providing teachers with appropriate training and supervision. Activities within each of these strategies are suggested.

Summary of the Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

The wellness policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). It requires each LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a wellness policy. The final rule expands the requirements to strengthen policies and increase transparency. The responsibility for developing, implementing, and evaluating a wellness policy is placed at the local level, so the unique needs of each school under the LEA’s jurisdiction can be addressed.

Teacher’s Toolbox

Shape America’s Teacher’s Toolkbox has tons of free resources about physical education, including adapted PE.

Team Nutrition USDA

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. iInformation on how to apply can be found here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/join-team-become-team-nutrition-school

The Public Plate in New York State: Growing Health, Farms and Jobs with Local Food

Boosting public spending on fresh foods grown on New York State farms and served in schools, childcare centers, older adult centers, food pantries and other institutions, has the potential to improve health for more than six million New Yorkers, while increasing economic opportunities across the state. The new analysis of how food is purchased and consumed in public places reveals opportunities to improve current New York food procurement policies and practices in ways that will benefit communities across the state.

The Wheels on the Bike Go Round & Round

As more and more people are bicycling in the United States, a bike train can be a strong part of a larger Safe Routes to School program, initiatives that thousands of communities across the nation are establishing.

The purpose of this guide is to provide a simple description of how to plan and organize a bike train. This guide outlines how to put together and run a bike train program at your school, including initial planning considerations, logistics, promotion, training, and evaluation. The guide has tried-and-true methods, resources, and templates to get you off to a quick start. Whether you are familiar with Safe Routes to School or it is brand new to you, this guide will get you on your way, pedaling toward a successful bike train program.

Tips for Teachers

This fact sheet provides specific tips for teachers to help promote physical activity and healthy eating in the classroom, through making water accessible, offering non-food rewards, not withholding activity as punishment, modeling healthy behaviors, and other strategies.

Tools of Change: A Resource Catalog for Community Health

ChangeLab Solutions created a new catalog of resources for laws and policies to ensure everyday health for all, including access to affordable and healthy food and beverages and creating safe opportunities for physical activity.

Training Modules for PE Teachers

If you are currently relying on a “day-to-day” lesson strategy in your physical education classroom or are looking to update your existing PE curriculum, this series of five individual e-courses is for you!

USDA Professional Standards Training Database

USDA Professional Standards Training Database has over 500 low-cost or free trainings for school nutrition staff. This site allows school nutrition staff to search for training that meets their learning needs. Each listing contains information about the training, including how to access, developer, date, learning objectives covered, and more.

Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

“Healthy Schools Campaign and Alliance for a Healthier Generation are pleased to release Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This guide highlights the ways that school needs assessments, such as those required by ESSA, can be a valuable tool in identifying, understanding and addressing health conditions that contribute to poor academic performance and chronic absenteeism.

The guide includes important background information, data sources, and sample health and wellness questions that can be included in needs assessments. It provides child advocates, community leaders, school personnel and other key stakeholder groups with the information and tools that they need to convince their state and local education leaders to make health and wellness a significant component of the needs assessment and school improvement process.”

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

The Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit highlights strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity. The toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity, including community leaders; physical education and health education teachers; physical activity coordinators at the school, district, and state levels; and physical activity practitioners working in health or community-based organizations. The toolkit includes fact sheets, PowerPoint® presentations, and user guides.