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.
Apply for School Breakfast Grants by May 2
School Grants for Healthy Kids have certainly made an impact on past recipient schools:
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.”
Be sure to apply for your school breakfast grant by Friday, May 2.
Smart Snacks in Schools Mini-Grants
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.
Through support of the Washington State Department of Health’s Community Transformation Grant, Washington Action for Healthy Kids and OSPI Nutrition Services, Smart Snacks in School mini grants of $500-$1500 are available to school, school districts local health departments and other organizations working with schools. The purpose of the mini grants is to assist and support schools and their partners in piloting the Smart Snacks in School interim rule and to share their successes and challenges throughout the state.All grant recipients will receive customized technical assistance and training to support their projects. Mini grant applications are due by Friday, April 18 (Extended one week!). We will notify grant recipients by April 25.
Learning Connection Workshop Series:
Supported by Molina Healthcare
Breakfast After the Bell: A Nuts and Bolts Workshop
Friday, May 9, 10-2, Puget Sound Skills Center, 18010 8th Ave S, Burien, WA 98148
Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, especially for children. According to a new report, Washington State has some of the lowest breakfast participation rates in the country. In other states, many schools maximize breakfast participation by providing breakfast to students after the first bell of the day. This interactive workshop focuses on the nuts of bolts of what is needed to get a “Breakfast After the Bell” program started in your school. The program will feature speakers from across the state who have successfully implemented “Breakfast After the Bell” programs in their schools, including Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab 'n' Go Breakfast, and other alternative models. To round out the program, OSPI Child Nutrition Services and others will share important details on the regulatory issues and finances of an alternative breakfast.
Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards Workshops: Tuesday, May 27 (Vancouver) & Thursday, 29 (Moses Lake)
- Details on Moses Lake
- Details on Vancouver (Coming Soon)
- REGISTER (Coming Soon)
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.