Washington Action for Healthy Kids is a statewide partnership dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children by supporting schools to educate the whole child, mind and body. We partner with students, families, schools, non-profits, businesses, state and federal agencies to improve access to nutrition, physical activity, and comprehensive health and physical education. We aim to to ensure that all kids eat right, are active every day, ready to learn, and empowered to make healthy choices. This is accomplished through the exchange of information; the creation and sharing of resources; and by enhancing represented organization's capacity to partner with students, families, and schools to improve school wellness.
School Grants for Healthy Kids: Breakfast Funding Still Available!
White Center Heights Elementary School in Seattle, for example, has one of the highest poverty rates in the local district with 98 percent of students qualifying for meals at no cost or at a reduced price. But, thanks to the School Grants for Healthy Kids program, every student now has access to breakfast in the classroom, at no cost, as soon as they arrive. School breakfast participation at the school has increased from 37 to 75 percent.“I think this program is great. These are hungry kids and the more chances they have to eat the better,” said Leslie Hunter, lead cook at the school. “It's not really more work for me, just different work. I rearranged my day a little and I don't really spend much more time doing breakfast than I used to.”
School Grants for Healthy Kids are open through October 15, please apply today!
- WA State Specific Quick Reference Guide
- Link to apply
- HOTSHEET of this and other school grant opportunities (updated 6-10-14)
Learning Connection Workshop Series
2014-15 School Year*:
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Washington School Breakfast Summit
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 9:00-2:00, John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98034, Auditorium
According to Share Our Strength's 2013 Teachers Report, 90 percent of educators say that breakfast is critical to academic achievement. In the same survey, 50 percent of teachers said that hunger is a serious issue in their classroom. In Washington state, rates of childhood food insecurity are higher than the national average while school breakfast consumption is much lower. Come to be inspired to upgrade breakfast in your school.
- Dayle Hayes, MS, RD will provide the keynote, Breakfast. Every Student. Every Day. Because they can't learn without it. She will share proven ways to 'sell' school breakfast to administrators, teachers and students. She will explore the most effective strategies to deliver breakfast outside of cafeterias, while maintaining cost and cleanliness. Come. Learn. Share.
- Dayle will be followed by a panel discussion of speakers from across the region that have successfully increased breakfast participation in their schools.
- To round out the program, OSPI Child Nutrition Services and others will share important details on regulatory issues and finances of an alternative breakfast. Target Audience: Nutrition Directors/Managers/Supervisors and lunchroom staff, others interested in increasing breakfast participation in schools
Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:
- Describe at least two strategies that increase breakfast participation-both before and after the bell.
- Identify at least three strategies to create administrator/teachers/staff/family and students buy in
- Explain how strategies to increase breakfast participation comply with the requirements and guidelines of USDA’s School Breakfast Program
- Understand if an alternative breakfast program is a financially viable option in their school(s)
Cost: $25 per participant. Clock hours will be available for this 4 hour training. Lunch will be provided. Continuing Education Hours Available.
Building your School Health Team A-Z
Join us for this hands-on workshop to help healthy school advocates get health and wellness efforts started in their schools. This workshop will cover:
- Why we should care about School Wellness
- School Wellness Policy 101
- Concrete ideas for supporting healthy school food and school physical activity in your school
- How to assess your schools wellness needs
- How to develop an effective Action Plan
- Resources to help you be successful
Audience: administrators, school staff, classroom teachers, PE teachers, food service staff, families, PTSA, community based organizations and any other individuals working with schools interested in creating healthier schools
Details:. The main trainer will be Carolyn Kramer, MPH, AFHK State Coordinator, founder of the Learning Connection Summit, and 15 year veteran of “Healthy School” work in Washington State. Please wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving around during this workshop.
Cost: $25 per participant. Clock hours will be available for this 4 hour training. Lunch will be provided.
- OMAK- Friday, October 31 from 12-4 (lunch provided). Board Room. Omak School District Administration Building, 619 W Bartlett Ave, Omak, WA 98841. FLYER REGISTRATION LINK
- Vancouver, WA- TBD
- Puget Sound Area- TBD
Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards Workshops
Supported by Molina Healthcare
In response to a requirement of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA recently published interim nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold in schools, beyond the federally-supported meal program; the Smart Snacks in School standards. The new standards are designed to balance science-based guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus. Washington Action for Healthy Kids, Washington State Department of Health’s Community Transformation Grant, and OSPI Child Nutrition Services are partnering to provide training(below) and Mini-Grants on these new standards.
- Final Powerpoint (May 2014 Workshops)
- Final Powerpoint (August 2014 ACTE Workshops)
- OSPI Overview of Standards
- Success Stories from WA-AFHK Grantees(updates 8-4-14)
- Ideas and Challenges and Solutions offered by May 2014 workshop participants
- Smart Snack Compliant List (Costco Business) develoed by Auburn DECA
- USDA Resources: All Foods Summary and Factsheets
- Sample Social Media Posts (CSPI 8-7-14)
- Additional Resources
Breakfast After the Bell: A Nuts and Bolts Workshop (past workshop)
Supported by Molina Healthcare
- Highline School District Breakfast in the Classroom
- Auburn School District Breakfast in the Classroom
- Assuring Accountability for Alternative School Breakfast
- Funding Opportunities through the Dairy Council
WA AFHK Partners
Our partnership currently includes representatives from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Health , Department of Agriculture , the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, University of Washington Center for Public Health and Nutrition, Washington Dairy Council, Washington State University Extension,Community Schools Collaboration, Washington Association of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Northwest Community Action Center. Regional leaders currently represent Okanogon, Yakima, and King County. We are actively recruiting volunteers to support additional regions.
Our goals are to:
- Support healthy living and empower students, families, and school leaders to create positive changes in their school to impact health and educational success.
- Support implementation of Coordinated School health
- Increase access to comprehensive health and fitness education in all schools.
- Promote school wellness programs such as: Team Nutrition, Fuel Up to Play 60, Students Taking Charge, Farm to School, and Alliance to a Healthier Generation.
- Recruit active volunteers across the state to help create healthy schools for our children.
- Washington Action for Healthy Kids Winter 2012 Newsletter
- Research Review: School Based Health Interventions and Academic Achievement
- Breakfast = Achievement - A fact sheet about breakfast with ideas on how to make it happen in schools.
- Recess Before Lunch - A fact sheet about the benefits of having recess before lunch.
- Show Me the Money: A Guide to Selling Healthy Foods at School - This guide uses the lessons learned from implementing the seven revenue replacement workshops.