Tools and Resources
Bike Utah offers a Youth Bicycle Education and Safety Training (BEST) program to fifth, sixth, and seventh graders. There is no cost to any school or student to participate. Bike Utah will provde a trained instructor, bicycles, helmets, and all other necessary equipment for the duration of the program. Bike Utah has more information on the program.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Classroom Physical Activity Book
A Walking School Bus is a group of children who walk to and from scchol with one or more adults. Learn how you can set up a safe walking school bus in your neighborhood. The Utah Department of Transportation has a walking school bus app available to help parents locate and coordinate with other walkers in their neighborhoods. It also alerts parents when their children arrive at school.
The CDC and SHAPE America have developed the following materials to support recess in schools.
Strategies for Recess in Schools - Evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to increase physical activity participation and improve academic achievement.
Recess Planning in Schools - Helps schools put the Strategies for Recess in Schools into practice when developing a written school recess plan.
Walking and biking to school safetly is important to all of our children. The Safe Routes to School’s 2016 State Report Cards providse a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling, and physical activity for children and adults, as of 2016.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is an expansion and update of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach. The WSCC incorporates the components of CSH and the tenets of the ASCD’s* whole child approach to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health. The WSCC model focuses its attention on the child, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being a part and reflection of the local community. For ideas on implementation take a look at this guide.
A smarter lunchroom is one that nudges kids towards nutritious foods. Over 30 million children are fed by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This program is an opportunity for kids to select and consume a balance diet. The Smarter Lunchroom applies research-based principles that lead children to make healthy choices when provided with the full spectrum of choice.
USDA final rules that will ensure that children have access to healthy snacks and that nutrition standards for the foods marketed and served in schools are consistent. Here's a summary of the rules and what they mean for farm to school efforts:
- The Local School Wellness Policy final rule empowers communities to take an active role in the health of their children. These policies guide a school district's efforts to establish school environments that support healthy eating and physical activity.
- The Smart Snacks in School final rule aligns the nutritional quality of snacks sold to children during the school day with the science-based improvements made to school lunches and breakfasts over the last five years.
Chef Ann Foundation: Fruit and Veggie Grant for Schools
Application Deadline: Rolling basis depending on available funding
The Chef Ann Foundation is offering $2,500 grants to schools for Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools, a program that supports schools in purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables and showcasing them via planned lunchroom activities where students can taste fresh produce, and take part in nutrition education. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis depending on available funding.
Application Deadline: Rolling
Good Sports is able to focus on the respective needs of each individual program and help to offset the main factors that are causing the greatest challenges. As a result of the donations we’ve distributed, recipients have been able to do one or more of the following: increase both the quality and quantity of vital equipment; lower participation fees; develop new programs; enhance their ability to maintain the athletes they currently serve; and perhaps most importantly, increase the total amount of kids that are active within their program.
HealthierUS School Challenge
Application Deadline: Rolling
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary certification initative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. Monetary incentive awards are available for each HUSSC award level. Schools can submit an application at any time during the year.
CDC’s Healthy Schools program is pleased to announce the launch of the e-Learning Series for Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success (TTHS). Three TTHS tools were converted to online modules to provide users with:
- Easier and more flexible access to these valuable resources
- Robust Go Further sections with additional information and resources
- Tailored learning experience through self-directed modules ranging from 1 – 1.5 hours
- Continuing education credits (CEU) and certificate of completion
Course Description Course Information School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity The SHG provides familiarity with CDC's guidelines and strategies for positive healthy eating and physical activity outcomes. School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide The SHI offers a team approach to improving school health and safety policies and programs. Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: A Guide for Schools The CSPAP provides guidance to schools and districts on how to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive physical activity programs. Parents for Healthy Schools Resources to motivate and educate parents to be part of creating a healthy schools environment.
Utah State Board of Education, Physical Education Core Curriculum
The goal is to develop healthy, responsible students who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work togehter in groups, think critically, and particpate in a variety of activities that lead to a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools
A guide for schools and school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive physical activity programs.
School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Guidelines to develop, implement, and evaluate school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students
Recess Guidance for Schools
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the State Office of Education and the Utah Department of Health collaborated to develop a set of air quality guidelines for schools to use in determinin whether to cancel outdoor recess on bad air days.
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will hlep school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based on nation physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards.
Smart Snacks in School
United States Department of Agriculture published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The new standards, required by the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods, while limiting junk food.
Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)
The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will hlep school districts and schools conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula, based on National Health Education Standards and the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.
School Employee Wellness
Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) have developed School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools. It is a comprehensive guide that provides information, practical tools and resources for school employee wellness programs.
Health and Academics
Health and Academic Achievement
Healthy, successful students help build strong communities. CDC’s new resources, Health and Academic Achievement, is a synthesis of evidence showing that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement.