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.
One-page overview of CSPAP components and implementation process. Updated April 2018. Download the CSPAP One-Pager
Voices for Healthy Kids calls for changes in the food environment in the United States that has enabled the rise in obesity over the last few decades. Their work will unite the voices of moms, dads, sisters, and brothers in communities across America. The changes demanded by these voices will be backed by science and amplified by the leadership and resources of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as the expertise and skills of a vast network of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations. Voices for Healthy Kids focuses efforts in states and communities hardest hit by the epidemic. Voices for Healthy Kids aims to help all children achieve a healthy weight.
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!
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.
Highlights statewide case studies.
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.
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.
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.