The new brief, Wellness Teams Work, provides a guide for putting wellness policies into practice to help schools fulfill each student’s nutrition and physical activity needs.
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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:
“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.”
One-pager: 7 things you can do to make your school a healthier place! Updated April 2018. Download Tips for Teachers
This infographic on district wellness policies can help champions communicate about policy.
A new Health Equity Messaging Guide helps advocates make the case for advancing health equity.
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.
Highlights statewide case studies.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: A Guide to Implementation. The guide is designed to assist schools and school districts interested in adopting and implementing the model.