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Good health is a necessity no matter the neighborhood. See what’s happening to help kids in your state.

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With a legion of committed volunteers and supporters, our work touches children in nearly every state across the U.S. Our regional staff and state coordinators collaborate locally with people and organizations to drive policies, systems, and programs that create healthier learning environments for millions of kids.


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Action for Healthy Kids is seeking a Spanish-speaking professional with community organizing experience to serve as a part-time Family-School Partnership Project Coordinator in Colorado. This new position will lead a two-year pilot project working with three schools in underserved communities to build the capacity of families and staff to develop effective family-school-community partnerships to advance children’s physical and social emotional health, learning, and academic success.

    Read full job description and apply here.

    Apply by July 31, 2020.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen: We are excited to partner with Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen during her reign! Bella Grill was crowned in March, and her platform is on Healthy Habits: hydration, surroundings, sleep, motion, eating, and mind. Bella is available to present her Healthy Habits platform to students across the state. (Obviously she will be available to schools virtually for the time being, but once we’re all free to get back out there she will be available to travel around MN to meet students in person.) To arrange for Bella to present, contact Shelly at

    • Sanford fit: Make healthy lifestyle choices a habit for children. Designed for educators, parents, and community members, the fit program makes it easy to educate kids in grades K-5 about sleeping better, motivation, eating better, and moving more. Materials focus on four key elements of healthy decision-making: recharge, mood, food, and move. You’ll find free resources designed to activate healthy behaviors. Learn more at

      • 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.

      • Ways to find free, healthy meals for kids age 18 and under:

        1. Text FOODNC to 877-877 to receive a text with drive-thru or pick-up sites with meals for kids closest to you.
        2. Use the mapping tool at to find drive-thru/pick-up sites with meals for kids across NC.
        3. Visit for updates from school districts and community partners serving meals — including info on additional options such as bus drop-off meals.
        4. Check your local school or district’s website, social media, and other communications for the most up-to-date info.
      • 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.

        • 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.

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

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