Though it has not necessarily been easy, thousands of school districts now offer nutrient-dense whole wheat grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins to children who participate in school meal programs. So what does it take to get kids to consume healthy meals, preferably with delectable delight?
Many people see school gardens as outdoor learning labs where students expand their knowledge of healthy foods, their nutrients and the science behind them. Now there’s evidence that school gardens can be sources of important physical activity, too.
Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized because of influenza complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults. They are often in close contact with each other at school, so they’re more susceptible to germs. One of the most effective actions people of all ages can take to avoid getting sick is to wash their hands.
Dialogue on playground design has been going on for decades. And while the larger trend in the U.S. has been toward durability and safety, all along there’s been an undercurrent advocating challenge and greater risk-taking opportunities, particularly in Europe, where laws limit liability.
To help get California students moving this year, there’s a new math equation to solve. But don’t worry, we promise you won’t need your calculator. This year the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program is challenging California students, school leaders and parents to solve for x, when x = how to keep students physically active for 60 minutes every school day, including activity before, during and after school.
Two thousand school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the United States form part of an invaluable network of accessible providers who help students get preventive care, cope with trauma and violence and manage chronic diseases like asthma, obesity and diabetes. Thriving Schools invites you to take a closer look at SBHCs.
What do teachers need to help create safe and affirming school environments for all? The nonprofit organization GLSEN has answers and a cornucopia of superb resources for teachers.
A new guide to implementing school employee wellness programs, authored by Directors of Health Promotion and Education, draws upon the expertise of an extensive list of public health and public education leaders and offers nine concrete steps.
A movement is afoot to provide teachers with the professional development and resources they need to integrate physical activity into the hours before, during and after school. Meet Normandie Nigh, an activist who knows how to make every step count.
We live in a world that accepts bias against people who are overweight, and our children suffer as a consequence. The Yale Rudd Center has produced a wealth of accessible resources to help educators and parents to understand and address weight-based bias.