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Webinar Series on School Wellness

action for healthy  kids logoAction for Healthy Kids invites school staff and parents to participate in a series of webinars planned regarding best practices to create healthy schools with information from the experts, school stakeholders and community members that support them. 

Details about each of the following webinars and online registration are at the Action for Healthy Kids website.

Sept. 18:  Making the Case for School Wellness   

Learn how to build awareness, support, and momentum for creating healthier school environments by talking about the obesity crisis, reviewing current school customs, and sharing best practices and success stories.  Learn how to answer common questions and concerns about your school wellness initiatives.

Sept. 25: Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provisions: Part 2

This webinar will: (1) Provide a brief review of the Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provision report compiled by the Bridging the Gap Research program, (2) Discuss how this report information can be used locally, (3) Share implementation tips and strategies, and (4) Provide an opportunity to address participant questions and concerns.

Oct 1: How to Work with Schools & School Wellness Policies 101

What is the best approach for accomplishing your school wellness goals?  Who’s who at your school?  How do school wellness policies work, and how can you make yours more effective? 

Oct 17: Building a Wellness Team, Assessing your School’s Wellness Environment & Developing an Action Plan

Learn how to build a wellness team that will best meet your goals.  Learn about different types of school health assessment tools and how they can help move your efforts forward.  This webinar covers goal-setting, timelines, your budget, tracking progress and planning for sustainability.

Oct 29: How to Create a Healthier School Food Culture

The school food culture goes way beyond the cafeteria.  Children need to learn how to make healthy choices from the minute they walk in the school’s front door to the minute they leave at the end of the school day – and beyond.  This section will cover the benefits of a healthy school food culture and provide project ideas and resources.

Nov 6: School Breakfast…for Learning, Health, and Bottom Lines

Learn more about school breakfast and how it supports student learning, good health, and a school’s fiscal outlook.  Discover the Learning Connection and the role of school breakfast.  Plus, hear from experts in the field, as well as, districts and schools who can provide more real life examples of how school breakfast has impacted their schools.  

Nov 12: How to Add More Activity into the School Day

Experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.  How can parents help promote and support more movement in the classroom, on the playground and beyond?  Discussion will include more effective recess, fitness breaks, walking and biking to school and more.  

Dec 4: School Meals:  Challenges and Opportunities

Many parents become involved in the school wellness movement to improve school meals.  Positive change is happening in districts all across the country due to the efforts of dedicated food service personnel, non-profit and foundation support, school food advocates, and recent changes in legislation and school food nutrition standards.  Learn about national school meal programs, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and how parents can best collaborate with nutrition services to create healthier school food environments.

Jan 16: Universal Breakfast:  Making it Work for Your School

Universal Breakfast makes good sense for schools and students, and can make good business sense, too.  Learn more about how Universal Breakfast works, how others have made it work in their schools and steps to use to determine if it’s a right fit at your school. 


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