Creating healthy schools
Healthy habits contribute to lower risk of disease, improved emotional health, increased focus and learning, and other qualities that contribute to a better life. So how do we ensure kids are learning healthy habits? By creating healthy schools.
Kids spend over 1,200 hours per year in school. The school community — including teachers, staff, parents, and volunteers — provides invaluable information, support, and modeling of healthy behaviors that shape kids’ lives and helps them learn and thrive.
Through awareness-building and strategic outreach, we bring together parents and families and equip them with the tools they need to advocate for healthier schools. We do the same with school staff who care about giving their students more opportunities for nutrition education, healthy eating, physical activity, and more.
- When we form a connection with a parent or school, our State Coordinators and Regional Managers work with them to identify how they can improve child health, and connect them with resources to make change happen.
- Our champions—and everyone else—may use Game On as a resource for making sure kids move more and eat better. A thorough (and free) guide, Game On gives step-by-step strategies for improving school health and includes over 100 activities that encompass a comprehensive variety of wellness strategies.
- Schools are able to take our School Health Index, an assessment that shows strengths and weaknesses around school health topics, such as physical education, school meals, and many others. The data from this assessment allows school health champions to make decisions about how and where to make improvements.
- Schools and parents may apply for one of our school grants, which provide funds and resources for increasing school breakfast participation, introducing wellness programs and initiatives, and engaging parents in school health.
- Schools and parents can attend webinars and in-person workshops on a variety of school health topics to help them advance health in their communities.
Our growing network of healthy school champions includes over 140,000 people and 50,000 schools nationwide. Our approach works.
Ready to take action? See how you can get involved today.