Schools play an important role in helping children to be healthy and fit. A fast growing body of research indicates that student wellness and academic learning go hand-in-hand. Put simply, the benefits that can arise from proper nutrition and physical activity are a prerequisite to optimal learning and to avoiding and preventing chronic diseases.
This webpage will provide free tools and messages for creating a culture of wellness in your school or organization. We will also post documents and reports related to creating a culture of wellness. The first such report is called: The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy School Environments.
A School Healthy Policy Guide from the National Association of State School Boards. Rarely is a policymaker presented with an opportunity to promote a Win-Win-Win policy initiative encouraging more physical activity and physical education in schools. This guide provides information on the Healthy Benefits of Lifelong Physical Activity, The Current Trends in Student Physical Activity, The Status of School based Physical Activity, and What Leaders Can Do.
Gen Youth Foundation- This report addresses why schools play a more important role than ever in helping forge the nation’s future. It illuminates the vital importance of improved nutrition and increased physical activity in creating an environment that enriches students’ readiness to learn.
The Learning Connection– U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher and Action for Healthy Kids
What you need to know to ensure your kids are healthy and ready to learn is covered in this report. About 1/2 of children who are in kindergarten today will be obese adults in the future unless we take action. What we should do is covered in the report we tell us we need to improve kids’ nutrition and get them moving so that children are ready to learn.
Centers for Disease Control-When children and adolescents participate in the recommended level of physical activity—at least 60 minutes daily—multiple health benefits accrue. Most youth, however, do not engage in recommended levels of physical activity. Schools provide a unique venue for youth to meet the activity recommendations, as they serve nearly 56 million youth. At the same time, schools face increasing challenges in allocating time for physical education and physical activity during the school day.
All Work and No Play– Public Agenda commissioned by The Wallace Foundation
Listening to What Kids and Parents say about What They Want From Out-of-School Time. “For the first time, national surveys of parents and of middle- and high-school aged children present these missing voices. What they have to say is, at turns, reassuring and alarming, predictable and surprising.”
Policy is an important component supporting efforts to infuse physical activity into the school setting. The policy continuum aims to identify meaningful steps toward implementing Physical Activity Components within a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program.