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Before and After School Activities

  1. The National Center for Safe Routes to School (2011). “How Children Get to School: School Travel Patterns from 1969 to 2009.”

Classroom Energizers at School

  2. J.B. Madigan. “Action-Based Learning: Building Better Brains through Movement.”
  3. “Physical Activity in Schools, Resources and Case Studies to Implement HB11-1069.” LiveWell Colorado Webinar – August 16, 2011

Healthy Fundraisers

  1. Game On – Action for Healthy Kids step-by-step guide to a healthier school includes “Eat Better” and “Move More” challenges and healthy fundraising ideas.

Healthy Non-food Rewards

  1. Kubik M., Lytle L., Story M. “Schoolwide Food Practices Are Associated with Body Mass Index in Middle School Students.” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 2005, vol. 159, pp. 1111‐1114.


  1. Rauzon, S., Wang, M., Studer, N. and Crawford, P. “Changing Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior in Relation to Food: An Evaluation of the School Lunch Initiative.” Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley. 2010.

Recess for Learning

  1. The State of Play, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


  1. Center for Young Women’s Health, Boston Children’s Hospital,
  2. “State of the Plate – 2010 Study on America’s Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables,” Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Host a Healthy Winter Holiday Celebration


The Learning Connection

  1. Michael SL, Merlo CL, Basch CE, Wentzel KR, Wechsler H. Critical connections: health and academics. J Sch Health. 2015;85(11):740-758.
  2. Datar A, Sturm R, Magnabosco JL. Childhood overweight and academic performance: national study of kindergartners and first-graders. Obesity. 2004;12(1): 58-68.
  3. Murphy JM, Pagano ME, Nachmani J, Sperling P, Kane S, Kleinman RE. The relationship of school breakfast to psychosocial and academic functioning: cross-sectional and longitudinal observations in an inner-city school sample. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(9):899–907.
  4. Khan NA, Raine LB, Drollette ES, Scudder MR, Kramer AF, Hillman CH. Dietary Fiber Is Positively Associated with Cognitive Control among Prepubertal Children. The Journal of Nutrition. 2015;145(1):143-149. doi:10.3945/jn.114.198457
  5. Zhang, J., Herbert, J., and Muldoon, M. Dietary fat intake is associated with psychosocial and cognitive functioning of school-aged children in the united states. The Journal of Nutrition. 2005; 135(8): 1967-73.
  6. Trudeau F, Shepard RJ. Physical education, school physical activity, school sports and academic performance. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2008;5:10.
  7. Fowler-Brown, A., Ngo, L., Phillips, R., and Wee, C. Adolescent obesity and future college degree attainment. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009; 18(6): 1235-41.
  8. Rasberry C, Tui G, Kann L, et al. Health-Related Behaviors and Academic Achievement Among High School Students– United States, 2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; September 8, 2017

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