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6 Ways Families Can Get Involved in their School Community


To ensure a healthy future for every kid, it takes the love and dedication of educators and caregivers working together to support kids’ health Schools are an ideal setting to transform your kids’ health and well-being, as it’s where children spend more than 1,200 hours each year–more than anywhere else besides their homes. 

  1. Help Prevent Bullying: As a parent or caregiver, you are probably well aware of how serious bullying is, and how detrimental it can be not only to the victim, but also their families. If your child has recently been bullied and you are not sure how to handle it, there are many resources available that can guide you in helping your child. https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/activity/bullying-prevention/ 
  2. Host a Health and Wellness Fair: Health and wellness fairs provide the opportunity for one-stop shopping for parents, caregivers, and community members who are looking to make healthier choices. Hosting one at your school can be incredibly rewarding and beneficial for kids, families, and local businesses alike. https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/activity/health-and-wellness-fair/  
  3. Start an Intramural Program or Activity Club: You will be able to give back to your community. Kids will have fun and stay active. It is time to get your physical activity program off the ground. If you have a new or existing physical activity program, consider these tips and resources: https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/activity/intramural-programs-activity-clubs/  
  4. Encourage a student-led Wellness Team: Research shows that helping students develop leadership skills will increase their engagement in making positive changes. By inviting students to participate in the planning process, they are more likely to follow through on the implementation of ideas and social norms. https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/activity/student-wellness-team/ 
  5. Use social media to promote healthy habits: Join a community forum to talk about and share your school wellness efforts with others. Post the meeting details and tag people to attend. Post photos, videos, and updates before, after, and during school wellness events. Who am I kidding? You’re probably on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter right now. https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/activity/social-media-to-promote-health/  
  6. Make the Case for School Wellness: Healthy schools have been linked to higher standardized test scores, lower absenteeism, and improved student behavior. Tackle frequently asked questions from parents, teachers, and other school stakeholders to create buy in for School Wellness. https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/making-the-case-for-school-wellness/ 

Take action for your child’s health and well-being by keeping him or her healthy at school, at home, and everywhere in between. We’re stronger together: caregivers, educators, and communities working towards positive social change. From grants to guides, find more helpful tools to transform into a healthy learning environment here: https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources-for-schools/