We each play an integral part in helping to make schools healthier places for students. This year, follow along with our webinar series as we explore different components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model – a collaborative approach to health and learning that emphasizes the role of the schools, families and communities in supporting student success – and begin connecting the dots to better school health, no matter the role you’re in! We’ll be covering topics from family and community engagement, sustaining the work, social emotional learning and more. Mark your calendars and register with the links below!
Upcoming Active Schools Webinars
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 3:00 PM (ET), 2:00 PM (CT), 1:00 PM (MT), 12:00 PM (PT)
Brain Boosts of about 5-10 minutes can be built into the classroom schedule or spontaneously added when there’s a dip in student energy and attentiveness to help them get energized, focused, joyful and ready to learn. Learn how to access and use free online videos for kids of all ages from Hip Hop Public Health, GoNoodle, and UNICEF Kid Power.
Presenters: Lori Rose Benson, Hip Hop Public Health; Shira Ackerman, GoNoodle; Allyson Thomas, UNICEF Kid Power Ups
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | 3:00 PM (ET), 2:00 PM (CT), 1:00 PM (MT), 12:00 PM (PT)
As physical activity experts and champions in their schools, physical education teachers can be great advocates and supporters for classroom physical activity. Hear from four PE teachers who help eliminate the fear of creating and using active classrooms by identifying resources and activities, providing training, and cheering on their colleagues.
Presenters: Aaron Hart, Online Physical Education Network (OPEN); Tanya Peal, Soaring Heights PK-8, Erie, CO; Megaera Regan, Manorhaven Elementary, Port Washington, NY; Travis Perigo and David Wilkie, Boiling Springs Intermediate School, Spartanburg, SC
District-Wide Commitment to Classroom Physical Activity and School Movement Labs: The Alief Independent School District Story
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 3:00 PM (ET), 2:00 PM (CT), 1:00 PM (MT), 12:00 PM (PT)
Learn how a district set up a plan to promote, support, and expand movement on all campuses and have made progress on their goal of giving kids a variety of movement opportunities throughout the school day, as well as before and after school. Get tips on creating a culture of wellness one step at a time, utilizing morning movement, offering flexible seating, providing action based learning labs, and using physical activity to teach academic content. See how professional development has helped get buy in from teachers and administrators.
Presenters: Kelley Sullivan, Courtney Grass, Cheryl Williams, and Leslie DeRuiter, Alief Independent School District, TX
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 3:00 PM (ET), 2:00 PM (CT), 1:00 PM (MT), 12:00 PM (PT)
Research shows that the most effective SEL programs are active, so pairing SEL with physical activity is not only a natural fit, it’s the most effective approach. Learn about alignment between CASEL’s Core SEL Competencies and the National Standards for Physical Education, use of cultural dance to achieve SEL outcomes, and how yoga, breathing, and mindful movement help students self-regulate and build resilience.
Presenters: Audra Walters and Michelle Carter, SHAPE America; Margot Toppen, EduMotion: SEL Journeys; Melissa Shah, Yoga Foster
Upcoming Action for Healthy Kids Webinars
Save the date! Mark you calendars for the webinars below. Registration opens January 31, 2020.
Every Kid Healthy Week
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Action for Healthy Kids encourages all schools, parents and families to take action by hosting an Every Kid Healthy Week™ event this spring that promotes student health and wellness. Every Kid Healthy Week April 20-24, 2020) is an annual celebration of the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can use your Every Kid Healthy Week event and the Take Action campaign as a catalyst to connect the efforts of parents, families and your entire school community in improving kids health.
Lettuce Grow: Enhancing School Nutrition with AFHK & CATCH
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 3:00 PM (ET), 2:00 PM (CT), 1:00 PM MT, 12:00 PM PT
Looking to boost your school’s nutrition education and promotion efforts? Join us and learn ways your school can enhance nutrition efforts throughout your school, including special celebration ideas for National Nutrition Month. AFHK’s partner, CATCH Global Foundation, will also share their health education resources to coordinate your efforts and support kids in making healthy choices.
Optimal Nutrition Webinar Series
School Meals: Support Students Health and Learning
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Celebrate National School Breakfast Week and National Nutrition Month by learning more about the impact of school meals and access to healthy foods have on student health and learning.
Healthy Food at School: Social and Emotional Learning Opportunities
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Learn how access to healthy food through meal programs and improving nutrition education opportunities support the whole child.
Parents and School Nutrition: How to Engage Support
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Learn how parents and school nutrition departments and nutrition efforts can work together. Debunk myths around parent perceptions of school meals and learn strategies for increasing engagement.
Sustaining the Work: Leveraging Existing Resources to Keep Your Programs in Motion
Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
A school wellness program or initiative has sustainability if it is designed as an ongoing initiative rather than a one-time event and if it has the support and resources it needs to continue into the future. Join us to explore ways to keep the momentum going by leveraging existing resources, increasing capacity through collaboration with families and community partners and more.
Staff Wellness Webinar Series
Recharge, Refresh! Making the Most of Summer Break
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Summer break is the perfect time to focus on your personal health and wellness before the busy school year comes around again! Join us and discover ways to “refill your bucket” before refilling others – making the most of summer break by taking care of yourself mentally and physically. We will also explore the importance of staff wellness as it relates to building strong, nurturing relationships with students and families during the school year.
Switch Off the Stress: 5 Strategies for Better Stress Management
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Has your healthy stress turned into unhealthy stress? Stress is a part of life, but when not managed it can snowball and impact our day to day. We hear it all the time: “I would do this, but I don’t have enough time” or “I am too stressed out to _____”. Join us to and explore five strategies to help you better manage stress and meet challenges head on- taking your teaching to the next level.
Building a Bridge to Resiliency and Preventing Burnout
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Resiliency helps to create a mindset of growth – building upon key skills including self-awareness, mindfulness, emotional regulation and more – that allows us to remain positive when faced with adversity. Within our ever-complex world, comes a lot of responsibility for educators to support children beyond the academics – nurturing these relationships to support them in leading happy, healthy lives. With that pressure, it can be easier to drain our resolve than finding a way to rise. Join us to discuss resiliency and “positive adaptation” to prevent burnout throughout the school year and beyond.
Getting Ahead of the Game: Planning a Healthy School Year
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
We want to help you incorporate more health and wellness lessons and initiatives throughout the entire school year rather than just one semester or the other. Learn how to create a healthier school and classroom by assessing your current practices, developing an action plan, and implementing new ideas and initiatives. You will be happy you created your classroom health action plan early, once the school year gets in full swing!
Power of Parents: Health at Home
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT
Parents, this one’s for you! Learn how you can prepare for a healthy summer with tips and resources on how to keep your kids active and healthy on a budget. Hear from parents and experts on avoiding excessive screen time and junk food while out of school, and pick up some recipe and activity ideas along the way!
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