The resources listed below help improve children's health in schools. Research shows that behavior change is more likely to last when people and their communities make similar healthy changes. These tools help create places that support and improve children's health.
Resources That Address Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Healthy School Celebrations With a few easy changes, parents, teachers and school administrators can shift the focus from unhealthy food to healthy fun.
- Joint Use Agreements
- Parent/Teacher Resources provide simple tips to help children eat better and be more active.
- Recess Before Lunch Policies help improve student behavior on the playground, in the cafeteria, and the classroom. Schools that implement this policy also experience reduced food waste and increased milk consumption.
- What Works in Schools - developed by the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Program identifies policies and interventions that can help schools create a healthier place for students and staff.
- Bag the Junk provides school employees and other members of the school community with information on competitive foods to help them act as informed champions for healthy snack foods and beverages in schools.
- Developing a Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement outlines what to look for in a vendor, best practices to ensure a sound agreement, and ways to get involved.
- District Policy Establishing a Healthy Vending Program provides sample policy language.
- Drinking Water Access in Schools reviews the issues and suggests four solutions.
- Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars, and Catered
Events - from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health
- Healthy Concessions Guide addresses guidelines for food and beverages, rationale for recommendations, and sample policy language.
- Healthy Recipes and Cooking - including the Fruit and Veggie Quantity Cookbook.
- Healthy Rewards: Selling healthy snack foods and beverages can be
profitable presents the latest research and recommends strategies for product selection, promotion, pricing, and placement.
- Healthy Vending Guide addresses healthy vending guidelines for foods and beverages, sample policy language, and marketing strategies to promote healthy options.
- How Competitive Foods in Schools Impact Student Health, School Meal Programs, and Students from Low-Income Families Competitive foods – foods and beverages available or sold outside of the federally-reimbursed school meals programs – are widely available in U.S. public schools and are largely exempt from federal nutrition standards and regulation. This FRAC position paper clearly outlines the facts and identifies the related social justice issues.
- Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications - Experience shows that schools can have strong nutrition standards and still maintain financial stability.
- IOM Report on Competitive Foods in Schools
- IOM Report on School Meals
- The Lunchbox – Healthy Tools to Help All Schools is packed with free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children. Try the recipes, watch the videos, make positive change in your school and community.
- Model Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement helps nutrition advocates and school districts use the contracting process to improve the nutritional quality of beverages.
- School Foods: A Guide to Implementing the New Hampshire Administrative Rules for Education Regarding Food and Nutrition is a toolkit designed to help schools implement the administrative rules, which impact all foods offered in New Hampshire public schools except for school meals.
- Smarter Lunchrooms challenges school cafeterias to make one or two research-based low-cost or no-cost changes that encourage kids to select healthier foods.
- Safe Routes to School (SRTS) encourages children to walk and bicycle to school.
- School Siting and Local Governments School locations can have a major impact on children’s health. Although school districts generally make the key decisions about where schools are located, local governments can play an important role.
- New Hampshire communities and schools can apply to the NH Department of Transportation, and, if selected, are eligible for 100% reimbursement of approved costs.
- Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Schools
Physical Activity Resources
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