Healthy School Communities

Health and Learning News and Updates


D.C. Students Take On Challenge to Fight Obesity: Students at a charter school in Washington, D.C., are participating in an 18-week "3-Point Play" program that focuses on nutrition, exercise, and family involvement. The program was created by the Aetna Foundation and piloted in Texas with encouraging results.

Using Psychology in Lunch Line Design: A New York Times opinion piece offers suggestions about redesigning the way certain foods are accessible at lunch in order to get kids to make healthier choices. Would this work at your school? Tell us what you think on ASCD EDge.

Study Looks at Elementary School Beverages: A study found that whole milk and sweetened beverages were available on school property to about half of the elementary school students in the United States in 2008 and 2009. Since then, bottlers have reduced shipment of high-calorie drinks to schools, an American Beverage Association consultant said, and the most significant change has happened in the past year.

Canadian Provinces Conflict on Addressing ADHD in Schools: The Centre for ADHD Advocacy Canada released its report on inconsistencies across Canada in how to meet learning needs of students with ADHD.


Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit: Published by Health Canada, this resource is designed to help those who teach children and adults about healthy eating and physical activity. The toolkit includes

  • The "Eat Well and Be Active Every Day" poster;
  • Downloadable activity plans; and
  • 54 healthy eating and physical activity images to complement the poster.

What's Next for Coordinated School Health? Moving from Rhetoric to Sustainable Action:
A blog post by Sean Slade, director of Healthy School Communities at ASCD, summarizes his session presentation at the American School Health Association Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on October 16, 2010. The session was intended to start a discussion about what coordinated school health (CSH) has and has not achieved over the past 20 years, and then further that dialogue into discussing the next moves for CSH.

Take Action

Adapted Physical Activity Council Program Recognition Award: The Adapted Physical Activity Council, part of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, is taking nominations to recognize programs that provide physical education, physical activity, or therapeutic recreation services designed to improve or facilitate opportunities for people with disabilities. Nominated programs must serve young children, elementary or secondary-level students, or adults. Award amounts vary, and there are no restrictions on eligibility. The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2010.

Apply for a HRSA Grant through the School-Based Health Centers Capital Program (U.S. schools only): Visit whole child partner the National Assembly on School-Based Healthy Care (NASBHC) for information on applying for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant through the School-Based Health Centers Capital Program. The HRSA provides answers to frequently asked questions and other resources for school-based health centers. Join the discussion at NASBHC to find out how to make the most of available grant dollars with exclusive promotional offers from Welch Allyn.

Walkin' for a Cause: School Walk and American Diabetes Month: November is American Diabetes Month, and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has teamed up with whole child partner SPARK to help "STOP Diabetes" by promoting physical activity in schools. Attend this webinar, called "School Walk for Diabetes," and learn

  • More about the ADA and what free resources they offer to teachers;
  • How School Walk supports your coordinated school health program;
  • Benefits of participating in School Walk; and
  • Other ways ADA can support youth in your community.

The 45-minute webinar is free and will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. eastern time (3:00 p.m. pacific time). PreK–12 teachers and administrators, physical education specialists, and after-school and early-childhood teachers and staff are encouraged to participate. Register now!

What does it really mean to be considered a healthy school community?

Healthy School Communities is a worldwide ASCD effort to promote the integration of health and learning and the benefits of school-community collaboration. It is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from a narrow curriculum-centric and accountability system focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes.

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