So you’re ready to make positive changes in your school to support a healthy school environment. Congratulations! You’ve got your plan outlined. You’ve brought your partners together to help engage in the work. The school administration has given the thumbs up. But…you’re just not sure where to begin or how to get the resources to take action on your plans. Maybe you need some inspiration!
Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools and the Alliance for Healthier Generation want to offer that inspiration through the following case studies. These stories illustrate the clever ways that some schools have created healthy school environments, often with very little funding. Schools highlighted here have been charged with creating a Healthy Schools Action Plan to promote healthy school campuses and wellness policies.
Learn how schools are turning their vision for positive, healthy change into action.
Scaling the Heights of Health: Climbing Wall Enriches Physical Activity Opportunities
E.W. Oliver Elementary School in Riverdale, GA takes seriously the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations that children get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. To engage the students in fresh ways, the school expanded their PE programming to include a rock climbing wall. The climbing wall has been used into a number of classroom lessons to help illustrate concepts ranging from math to social studies in addition to physical education. Read the full case study →
Making Healthy, Clean Drinking Water the Norm
Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Pittsburg, CA wanted to encourage their students to drink more water instead of unhealthy sugar-sweetened beverages. Yet, teachers realized that traditional water fountains offered only part of the answer. They also wanted to align water access with the school’s commitment to the environment. Their solution? Installing water bottle refilling stations. Read the full case study →
A Hub for Health: Renovating a Fitness Center for Staff Wellness
Mt. Solo Middle School in Longview, WA saw that their staff were enjoying easy access to the school’s fitness center facilities to help them get their regular physical activity and support their overall well-being. But much of the school’s equipment had long been in need of repair. So the school did an overhaul of their fitness center equipment and even expanded access to the fitness center to staff from surrounding schools in the district. Read the full case study →
Cafeteria Classroom Creates Space and Tools to Foster Healthy Habits
Capital City Public Charter School system’s middle school in Washington, DC took their interest in fostering healthier eating habits to a whole new level. Recognizing the value of hands-on educational opportunities for building life-long healthy habits, the school created its Culinary Center. A designated classroom space in the cafeteria, the Culinary Center enables students and staff to learn to prepare healthy meals, gaining experience through cooking demonstrations and lessons that are bound to make them top chefs. Read the full case study →
Cultivating a Healthy School Culture: Physical Activity Rewards for Staff and Students
Loma Vista Middle School in Riverside, CA has been aggressively working to improve the wellbeing of students, staff, parents and community members through their efforts to promote physical activity and advance healthy school policies at the district and state level. But they recognized there was more they could do to increase engagement in wellness programs and promote healthy eating. So the school embarked on a series of steps to foster a culture of health by establishing physical activity rewards for staff and students offering a chance for everyone to be a winner. Read the full case study →
Innovative Smoothie Program Boosts Breakfast Participation
Wells Middle School in Riverside, CA has been motivated by the abundance of research linking healthy nutritious school meals, particularly breakfast meals, with student academic achievement. In an effort to increase participation in breakfast meal programs and support students and staff in getting plenty of healthy fruits, the school implemented a breakfast smoothie program that was the perfect blend for success. Read the full case study →