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.
One-pager on reframing, originally included in the March 2016 e-news. This document is a follow-up to Michael Baran (FrameWorks)’s presentation at the 2016 Convening. Updated April 2018. Download Reframing the Obesity Conversation
One-pager: 7 things you can do to make your school a healthier place! Updated April 2018. Download Tips for Teachers
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.
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 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.
Examples of schools and districts across the US and their work on creating and implementing school wellness policies.
This report provides a strong rationale for why the CHSC grant focuses on school wellness policy components. The report also includes recommendations for policy opportunities that align nicely with the grant strategies.
Classroom Celebrations CSPAP Food Marketing in Schools Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Joint/Shared Use Physical activity before and after school Physical activity during school Physical Education Safe Routes to School School Nutrition School Wellness Policy Staff Involvement Vending Wellness Committees
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.
The CDC’s Healthy Schools section includes a multitude of resources on the nutrition environment, physical activity, obesity prevention, and chronic conditions. These resources include: data, tools, trainings, school health guidelines, local school wellness policy, state programs, resources for parents, and information on the link between health and academics.
Classroom Celebrations Community Engagement Competitive Foods CSPAP Farm to School Food Marketing Fundraising Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Parent Involvement Physical activity before and after school Physical activity during school Physical Education Recess Safe Routes to School School Nutrition School Wellness Policy Staff Involvement Vending Wellness Committees