January 12, 2017
On Monday, January 16, people across America will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by joining together in a day of service. Make the day meaningful for young volunteers by planning an activity that's appropriate to their skills and maturity level. They'll have fun along the way and gain an appreciation for the role they can play in making the world a better place.
January 4, 2017
Good health is an essential ingredient for student success. Healthy kids have better attendance rates and test scores and are more prepared to engage in learning. How can schools create an environment that fosters good health? The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Kaiser Permanente recently recognized schools from across the nation that are doing just that.
December 13, 2016
Active students are healthy students. That’s why Fire Up Your Feet is once again recognizing schools across the country for their efforts to improve the health and physical activity of students, families and school staff. More than 480 schools and communities participated in the program’s fall 2016 challenge. They walked and ran, biked and jogged, and played soccer and basketball. Along the way, they gained a sense of accomplishment and had fun.
December 8, 2016
Every day in our schools, there are ordinary people doing extraordinary work to build a healthier future for students, staff and teachers. The Thriving Schools Honor Roll recognizes those who champion healthy school environments. Take a tour through this year's success stories to learn more about these unsung heroes.
October 19, 2016
Teachers and staff are the heart of any school, and they work tirelessly to support students. But in their efforts to do right by their kids, they may sometimes neglect their own health. Learn about simple steps you can take to promote school employee wellness. It's essential in creating a school environment where everyone thrives.
September 28, 2016
Seaton Elementary School is located in Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood, and the majority of its students qualify for free and reduced-price school meals. While some low-income schools are at increased risk for poor health outcomes, Seaton is proving that any school can become a healthy place with determination and the right support. Learn about the school's journey to become one of the healthiest schools in America.
September 1, 2016
Children in the U.S. spend nearly six hours a day in school and consume as much as half of their daily calories there. Given that reality, and a childhood obesity rate that reached 18 percent in 2012, there’s a growing recognition of the need to make school an environment that supports healthy eating. But what about class parties? Are there alternatives to the sweets and junk food kids have come to expect at these celebrations?
August 10, 2016
Some 12.7 million children and adolescents in the United States are obese, putting them at increased risk of problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. But there are signs of progress in the fight against childhood obesity. A new report highlights success stories from across the nation, including Southern California, where Kaiser Permanente has partnered with community groups to help kids move more and eat better.