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.
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!
One-pager: 7 things you can do to make your school a healthier place! Updated April 2018. Download Tips for Teachers
One-page overview of CSPAP components and implementation process. Updated April 2018. Download the CSPAP One-Pager
H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young People Energize) are Hip Hop videos with a public health message. These videos invigorate, energize, and motivate youth to move.
High school gym curriculum resources
“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.”
Schools can make the Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Pledge. Encourage posting the signed pledge on a bulletin board in the hallway.
This Shape America infographic can help communicate the impact of physical activity on academic performance, one of many free downloadable posters and infographics.
Shape America’s Teacher’s Toolkbox has tons of free resources about physical education, including adapted PE.