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Understanding School Wellness Policy Requirements

Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The legislation authorizes funding and sets policy for USDA's core child nutrition programs.

The USDA Policy memorandum provides detailed information about the requirements and recommended actions. 

Comparison Chart of the 2004 and 2010 requirements comparing local school wellness policy requirements from the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 to those in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 

USDA Food and Nutrition Services provides local school wellness Policy Reference materials and sample policies.


How to Start a School Wellness Council or Get Involved in Your School Health Advisory Council

The School Wellness Council Toolkit, developed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, contains steps for starting a school wellness council including a sample agenda and other tools. Available to participating schools.

Effective School Health Advisory Councils, developed by North Carolina Department of Education, is a tool kit for school health councils to conduct needs assessments, develop action plans, evaluate and fundraise. Includes meeting planners and action plans.


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Growing Healthy Change

This website brings you healthy changes happening in your community right now, and shows how to start your own change. Find new policies, stories, and research to reduce Latino childhood obesity—like unlocking playgrounds after school—in your city, school, county, state, and nation!

Get started by clicking the image to the left.



How Can Parents Support Schools

Parents in Action!, A Guide to Engaging Parents in Local School Wellness Policy and its companion lesson plans, developed by California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition), is a toolkit to help stakeholders engage parents in local school wellness policy implementation. Available in English and Spanish HERE.

PTA Healthy Lifestyle for Parents, developed by the California State Parent and Teachers Association Health Commission, provides guidance to parents and also offers other resources on their webpage including model wellness policies. Available HERE.

Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyles Program Available HERE.



Eat Right, Find a Site!

Click the image to find the nearest summer foods service meal site and it's serving days and times. 



Tips, Tools and Fitness Break Videos to Increase Physical Activity Opportunities in Schools

JAM (Just a Minute) Program is a free program for schools which brings health education and daily activity into the classroom. Every week of the school year the program delivers a one-minute exercise routine called the JAMmin’ Minute which helps to get both students and staff up and moving. The JAMmin’ Minute is a one-minute fitness burst that includes 5 very simple exercises that kids can do while either standing or sitting in a chair. Included in this communication is a weekly health tip that helps kids learn a healthier habit. Available HERE.

Let's Move! Available HERE.

Fitness Breaks with NBA All-Star Paul Pierce-6 fitness breaks created especially for classrooms, before and after school programs or anywhere students are ready to HAVE FUN and GET ACTIVE! Available HERE.

Bob Harper, Tara Stiles, and Billy Blanks joined forces with global fitness company Zumba to get kids moving. Get the series of 3-5 minute physical activity videos, with quick and interactive resource for teachers, coaches, and parents to show kids how to enjoy physical activity. Available HERE. See all videos by registering HERE.


 Tips, Tools and Plans to Start a Healthy School Fundraiser

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest Tip Sheet.
  •  Alliance for a Healthier Generation provides a Toolkit with a plan to help you organize a healthy fundraiser.


Physical Activity, Nutrition Education and Grant Opportunities

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, "Two out of three and one out of three children in the United States are overweight or obese." This translates to a staggering $190 billion in obesity-related health care costs. Soda is a main contributor to this health care disaster. Raising awareness and understanding about the true costs of drinking a can of soda represent the important steps in the fight against obesity. Washington State University is among the institutions who have shared this video among their other health resources.


Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Healthy School Program Resources and Toolkit

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation developed Care2Eat: Lessons for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating for use with students in middle and high school. 
The Unit of Study guides students to identify healthy food choices and prepares all students to be advocates for healthier food choices, especially the snack and drinks available to them in school.

The ReadB4UWEat! Teacher Guide may be used in grades 5-7 as a stand-alone set of lessons when teaching nutrition education or inocrporated into a comprehensive health education curriculum. 

Introducing youth to gardening exposes them to fresh foods, as well as physical activity they can continue to enjoy for the rest of their lives. Adding gardening to a school or afterschool curriculum provides a hands-on experience that could stir youths’ interest in learning, encourage them to eat healthier foods and provide them opportunities to develop personal and social skills. See Alliance for a Healthier Generation Linking School Gardens to the Healthy Schools Program overview. HealthierGeneration.org offers a toolkit for How to Start a School Garden. 


studenthealthStudent Resources

Online Colleges Student Health and Wellness Guide: Students can be quick to let their health fall to the wayside when they start college, but staying aware of good and bad health habits will serve you well in the long-term. Physical health and nutrition are directly connected to mental health, effective study habits, and regular sleep patterns. Download the Student Health and Wellness Guide now to get tips to avoid common pitfalls. 

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