A new school wellness policy brief from the NOPREN/PAPRN+ School Wellness Policy Work Group is now available!
The CDC has launched a new resource website aimed at healthier lifestyles and healthier schools.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched their new Healthy Schools website. This website is a resource base and houses their information for nutrition environment, physical activity, obesity prevention, and management of chronic conditions. It also contains information about health and academics, school health guidelines, local school wellness policies, parent engagement, data and statistics, tools and training, and school resources. The website has information to help teachers, parents, and students learn how to create a healthier school environment, has continuing education credits available, and links to their Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) collaboration.
To learn more, check out the new CDC Healthy School website.
A new school wellness policy brief from the NOPREN/PAPRN+ School Wellness Policy Work Group is now available!
Results from the 2017 YRBS are in! The YRBS examines overall trends in 121 health-related behaviors of students in grades 9-12 plus obesity, overweight, and asthma.
BIG NEWS out of Rhode Island! On Monday, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law Senate Bill 2350A and House Bill 7419A. This was the last step in the legislative process for the bills.
Every March, thousands of people join in celebrating National Nutrition Month, a time to recognize the important role healthy eating plays in our lives. As an educator, being able to impart lifelong, healthy eating habits in my students is one of the highlights of teaching. At Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, we instill these habits in a hands-on way, through our school garden. From bright tomatoes to juicy strawberries, my students take pride in growing crops and getting to taste new, healthy foods!
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At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
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Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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