Actions for Healthy Kids
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes in schools. At work in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to improve children's nutrition and increase physical activity, which will in turn improve their readiness to learn.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Program
Any school in the United States can join the Healthy Schools Program and make a difference in the lives of students. We know each school is unique and faces different challenges so our support is customized and offers these benefits to propel each school to a healthier environment:
CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH): Childhood Overweight
Contains data, science-based strategies, policy guidance, and information about national, state, and local programs to address child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Resources and initiatives include:
Healthy Schools Healthy Youth
Centers for Disease Control and Preventions web site for healthy schools Healthy Youth. The specific section of the site devoted to obesity can be found at: Healthy Schools Healthy Youth – Childhood Overweight
Make a Difference at Your School Key Strategies to Prevent Obesity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviews scientific evidence to determine which school-based policies and practices are most likely to improve key health behaviors among young people, including physical activity and healthy eating. Based on these reviews, CDC has identified 10 strategies to help schools prevent obesity by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. CDC and its partners have developed user-friendly tools that help schools:
Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced "Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools" to describe the purpose of school-based BMI surveillance and screening programs, examine current practices, and review research on BMI measurement programs. The article summarizes the recommendations of experts, identifies concerns surrounding programs, and outlines needs for future research.
The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
Helps school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools.
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