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  • ACT 1220 of 2003 created the Child Health Advisory Committee to address childhood obesity and develop statewide nutrition and physical activity standards. The Committee meets monthly and will make policy recommendations to the State Board of Education and the State Board of Health.

  • Joint use agreements between schools and city government can help provide more opportunities for the whole community to get physical activity. These videos highlight a few communities and schools in Arkansas who have successfully used joint use agreements.

  • Arkansas Rises in Overall State Child Well-Being Ranking

  • State ESSA Plans Support Student Health and Wellness: Implementation of ESSA provides a number of policy levers for promoting healthy schools and student wellness. ESSA Implementation: Key Opportunities to Support Health and Wellness summarizes Healthy Schools Campaign’s analysis of those opportunities. This document focuses on supporting advocates who are interested in working with state-level policymakers to develop state ESSA plans, and provides practical resources and emphasizes several key areas with the greatest potential impact on student health.

  • Congratulations to all the California Summer Sunshine award recipients! The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Western Region Office (WRO) uses the Summer Sunshine Awards to acknowledge the outstanding achievements and hard work of summer meals program operators in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) throughout the Western Region states. 8 of the 16 recipients were from California: Del Norte Unified School DistrictEureka City SchoolsMarysville Joint Unified School DistrictOntario-Montclair School DistrictPittsburg Unified School DistrictRedlands Unified School DistrictRialto Unified School District and Victor Valley Union High School District.

  • SB 499 (McGuire): The California-Grown for Healthy Kids Act expands the availability of universally free school meals by increasing school districts’ capacity to provide healthy meals free of charge to all students through equitable state funding for California fruit and vegetables.

  • AB 842 (Limón) Hunger-Free Pre-K & Childcare: Passed out of the Assembly Committee on Education with a unanimous vote of support. AB 842 would increase access to healthy meals for low-income children in preschool and child care. A big thank you to Assemblymember Limón for championing this bill and to all of you for demonstrating wide support for this important piece of legislation!

  • AB 1508 (Bonta) Breakfast After the Bell: Will improve student attendance, academic achievement, and health by ensuring that more children in California, particularly those served by high-poverty schools, have access to school breakfast. When students are hungry, they can’t focus and they struggle to learn. Targeted state investments that expand the availability of Breakfast After the Bell to ensure that all California students can access the nutritious breakfast they need to learn, grow, and thrive.

  • View more California updates and resources here.

  • Colorado AFHK convenes champions from around the state on our Parent Advisory Board to gather input on school health issues from the perspective of parents and family members and to provide networking and leadership opportunities.

  • Colorado AFHK and Colorado PTA are working with 25 school parent groups across Colorado in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 to promote healthy lifestyles and increase academic achievement through our Wellness Kit Program.

  • Colorado AFHK partners with school districts, parent groups, and community organizations to provide workshops and educational opportunities to engage parents in school wellness efforts and to advocate for healthy school and family practices. Read more about our initiatives.

  • Fall Parent Workshop | October 22, 2019
    SCHOOL FOOD: Get Educated, Energized, and Engaged. Join AFHK, Colorado PTA, and the Chef Ann Foundation to find out how school food departments work and how parents can provide support and meaningful collaboration to create healthier school meals that kids want to eat. Lakewood, CO. Learn more and register.

  • Georgia lawmaker pushing for mandatory recess to combat obesity in elementary schools: A state lawmaker who has championed mandatory playtime for Georgia’s elementary schools says he will keep pushing for the cause after Gov. Brian Kemp struck down the measure. This year marked Rep. Demetrius Douglas’ third attempt to convince his colleagues that requiring recess for the state’s youngest students is a key strategy for curbing childhood obesity. Rep. Douglas said the issue is important enough for lawmakers not to leave it up to locals to decide whether to provide recess. He said he plans to meet with Gov. Kemp to figure out a path forward.

  • Atlanta schools to expand public access to playgrounds: A proposed Atlanta Public Schools and City of Atlanta program would open up schoolyards for use as public parks after school, on weekends, and summer breaks. It’s part of a growing national trend to use school playgrounds to fill a void in neighborhoods that don’t have public parks within walking distance.

  • Teacher or school professional? Student? Parent or community member? Explore information and resources just for you through the Idaho State Department of Education.

  • Join Action for Healthy Kids and the Illinois State Board of Education to learn about local wellness policy regulatory requirements, best practices, resources and more to make the most of your school’s local wellness policy. These workshops, on Nov. 6 and 7, will provide guidance, tools and resources to enhance local wellness policies. 

    Register now for Moline, Nov. 6.
    Register now for Champaign, Nov. 7.

  • In partnership with CATCH Global Foundation (CGF), we are so excited to announce our 2019-20 CATCH Promise Chicago Public Schools cohort: Faraday Elementary School, Sor Juana Elementary School, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy, Barry Elementary School, Monroe Elementary School, Bell Elementary School, Dewitt Clinton Elementary School, Poe Classical School, Disney II Magnet School, Pilsen Community Academy, Lozano Bilingual School, and Marvin Camras Elementary School. Stay tuned for more on the great work happening in these schools!

  • Discover community and school-based programs and services happening year-round through the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

  • Stay in the know with the Healthy and Active Communities Network through Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO).

  • Stay up to date with the latest news from the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Congratulations to the 2018-2019 CATCH Promise Indianapolis Public Schools cohort on a successful year: George Buck Elementary School, Raymond F Brandes Elementary School 65, Lew Wallace Elementary School 107, Super School 19, and Newcomer School! In partnership with CATCH Global Foundation (CGF), AFHK is so excited to work with these schools during the 2019-2020 school year to expand upon their great work with a Game On Grant! Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

  • Hungry for a new recipe? Check out Kitchen Clips from Purdue Extension and get cooking!

  • Sign up for the School Nutrition Program Weekly Updates from the Indiana Department of Education.

  • Explore the Indiana SHAPE calendar for upcoming events.

  • Connect with the Healthy Schools Action Team through the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative and discover new resources for building healthier communities.

  • Sign up for the Healthy Schools – Healthy Students Newsletter through the Iowa Department of Education: a monthly newsletter full of information and resources for implementing nutrition and physical activity initiatives, upcoming trainings and events, success stories and more!

  • The Kentucky Action for Childhood Obesity (KACO) is a new KY AAP program. The goal of KACO is to engage pediatricians and promote best practices in addressing pediatric obesity. The Obesity Task Force members have dual roles: 1.To serve as “Coaches” for the KACO network and 2. To serve as Chapter experts on childhood obesity for advocacy and policy work at the state level.

  • COPAT presents the Healthy Kids Summit: mark your calendars!

  • Well-Ahead Louisiana has worked to coordinate professional development and identify resources that can assist schools and school districts in making healthy changes. The Healthy Schools Training Krewe collaborates with the Louisiana Department of Education, content leaders, and state organizations to deliver professional development. The mission of the group is to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working to create healthier schools by providing professional development to schools and school districts.

  • Check out the Healthy School Environment Summer Institute.

  • The LAHPERD Convention 2019 is November 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Baton Rouge.

  • Explore the Michigan Building Healthy Communities program and apply for a grant to take action at your school!

  • Register now and reserve your spot for our biennial Every Kid Healthy Minnesota Conference on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Formerly known as the Healthy Schools Conference, the Every Kid Healthy Minnesota Conference will still support schools as well as other organizations and individuals who want to help make every kid in Minnesota healthy, active and ready to learn. Interested in exhibiting? Connect with Kristie Probst at kprobst@actionforhealthykids.org and register your vendor booth here.

  • Explore the Minnesota Department of Education calendar for upcoming webinars and trainings.

  • On the go? Check out these tips and tricks from the University of Minnesota Extension for staying healthy and fit even during the busiest of days!

  • Looking to start a PTA at your school? Get started organizing your group with Minnesota PTA.

  • Save the date for the 27th Annual Missouri Coordinated School Health Conference, December 5th – 7th and explore coalition resources for school wellness, school safety, and more!

  • Stay in the know with partner updates from Eat Right Montana and nominate a Healthy Schools Hero in your community.

  • Take action in your community and read up on advocacy work happening all across the state of Nebraska through Nebraska Appleseed.

  • Congratulations to the 2019 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge winners! Learn more about the challenge and mark your calendars for upcoming opportunities!

  • Learn more about the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in your district and join in the action today.

  • Parents, teachers and administrators alike – explore resources and sign up for alerts through the Ohio Department of Education.

  • The Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) 2020 Coordinated School Health (CSH) Health education was included in the OHIP as a health system to improve the following flagship issues in Oklahoma: Tobacco Use, Obesity, Child Health, and Behavioral Health. Coordinated School Health is one of three branches of the health education system. The CSH Workgroup is comprised of numerous state and local community partners who support the efforts of the state health improvement plan. The workgroup has aligned its efforts with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.

  • Get ready for the 13th Annual Southern Obesity Summit to be held in Oklahoma City!

  • Nominate a deserving colleague and/or organization who has promoted and advanced SCAHPERD’s mission for the 2019 SCAHPERD Awards.  Awards include the SCAHPERD Honor Award, the SCAHPERD Advocacy Award, and the SCAHPERD Distinguished Organization Award. Click HERE to nominate

  • Mark your calendar for the 2019 SCAHPERD Conference, November 15-17 at the Embassy Suites in Myrtle Beach.

  • Join the SCAPES PEAK Workshop on August 7 at Crayton Middle School in Columbia, SC. Register by July 31.

  • Save the date! Join us this summer as we share information and resources at some of our partner events, like the Texas PTA LAUNCH!– July 19-20 in Grapevine, Texas.

  • Texas Action for Healthy Kids will have a School Health Summit this fall: Monday, November 18 at the Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin, TX. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for registration info.

  • Be watching for our 2019-20 webinar series dates for School Health Advisory Councils and Coordinated School Health coming out this summer.

  • Get more Texas resources, news, and updates here!

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