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.
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.
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 guide explores different options for municipalities looking to develop a healthy vending policy to improve the food environment for people working for, visiting, and being served by local government agencies.
This document provides a compilation of CDC resources to help implement strategies in schools to prevent obesity among youth/adolescents.
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
California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a program of the Public Health Institute. California Project LEAN works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools, early childcare and other community settings in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases. Our efforts are centered around youth and parent empowerment approaches, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals, and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids. The Alliance’s goal is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits by collaborating with and empowering people and leaders to transform the environments that can make a difference in a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices and communities.
Classroom Celebrations Community Engagement Competitive Foods CSPAP Fundraising Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Physical activity before and after school Physical activity during school Physical Education Recess School Nutrition School Wellness Policy Staff Involvement Vending Wellness Committees