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Pennsylvania School Is on Guard Against Unhealthy Eating Habits: The William D. Kelley School in Philadelphia is taking a comprehensive approach to battling obesity by banning soda and sweet snacks and emphasizing healthy eating in the curriculum. In addition, the principal and parents have asked nearby stores to stop selling junk food to children in the morning so they will eat a healthier breakfast.

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Food Experts Urge Parents, Schools to Get Tough About Nutrition: Experts in food politics are taking parents and schools to task for not being more aggressive about providing healthy foods for children, saying students do not necessarily need to have a say in what goes on the menu and that the school lunch line should not mimic a fast-food restaurant. "Renegade lunch lady" and author Ann Cooper, speaking at the Natural Products Expo, criticized the organic industry for making candy, corn dogs, and other unhealthy snacks.

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Educators See Advantages of Structured Recess for Students: Organized recess improves students' participation, behavior, and focus in the classroom, according to a nationwide survey conducted by California nonprofit Playworks. The structured playtime involves organized activities that promote nonviolent themes, such as games of tag that involve tapping fingers rather than slapping. Educators in Philadelphia, where 83 schools have structured recess, say the Playworks program gives students a positive outlet for excess energy.

Schools Vary in Approaches to Healthy Meals: California school districts approach healthy lunches for students in different ways, depending on the cost of the program, income levels, and foods common to the culture, according to this article. Orinda Intermediate School offers organic vegetables, jasmine rice, and Jamba Juice for its students with sophisticated palates, while West Oakland Middle School is working to use less meat, more whole grains, and scratch cooking but has seen some resistance from students.

San Francisco Schools Make It Easier for Students to Grab Breakfast: Schools in San Francisco are using a federal grant to expand "grab-and-go" breakfast programs that allow students to quickly pick up healthy foods, including fruit and cereal, as they head to class. Data found that many California children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, but few take advantage of breakfast because the meals are served in the cafeteria and the students are often short on time.

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Becoming A Man (B.A.M.): Youth Guidance's Becoming a Man program, or B.A.M., which is currently offered at Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago, Ill., is an evidence-based violence prevention and mentoring program that nurtures and develops social, emotional, and behavioral skills in young male students considered to be "at-risk" and vulnerable to gang violence. Watch a video about B.A.M. to learn more about the educational enrichment the program provides.

Health and Nutrition Teacher Resources: View up to five free lesson plans and classroom activities that teach a variety of health and nutrition topics for K–12 students, available in printer-friendly formats at TeacherVision.com. Many lessons are designed to be integrated into core subjects and engage learners.

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Vote for the Best Healthy School Lunch Recipes: A website lets users vote through May 15, 2011, for the best school lunch recipes from the USDA's Healthy Kids competition. Schools, chefs, and students were challenged to come up with healthy recipes that meet nutrition standards in the categories of whole grains, dry beans and peas, and dark green and orange vegetables.

Let's Move in School's National Physical Education and Sport Week: Register your school to host a Let's Move in School (LMIS) celebration during National Physical Education and Sport Week (May 1–7). Schools that register by March 28, 2011, will have a chance to win a visit from a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The first 10,000 schools to register will receive a LMIS poster.

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. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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Massachusetts Districts Implement Anti-Bullying Efforts: Many Massachusetts school districts are rolling out anti-bullying plans that were due to the state by the end of 2010. The plans vary widely by district, with many aimed at specific age groups and some incorporating elements of outreach to parents. State reviews of the plans are expected to be finished today, and districts with more work to do will be notified.

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Prohibition or Modeling of Good Nutrition?: In an online article, author Hank Cardello compares prohibition of selling junk food in schools to the nationwide prohibition of alcohol consumption in the 1920s. He claims that schools are wasting their efforts on an idea that won't work and only opens up the opportunity for black market candy selling. While this comparison seems a bit of a stretch, do you think Cardello has missed the point about the role of schools in modeling, teaching, and providing good nutrition? Or do you agree with Cardello's viewpoint that completely eliminating these foods doesn't teach students anything? Share your thoughts on ASCD EDge.

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Washington District's School Lunches Get a Healthy Upgrade with Fresh Foods: Washington State's Vashon Island School District gave cafeteria workers cooking lessons so they could prepare meals using fresh, locally grown ingredients and serve food the day it is made. Chef Tom French of the Experience Food Project, who is behind the healthy-food makeover, says schools also need to market the changes to students so they buy into the program.

Mobile Dental Clinic Reaches Underserved Children: After a child died from having an infected tooth and no access to dental care, one dentist was inspired to start a mobile dental clinic that serves poor children without access to dental care at their schools in Prince George's County, Md. The Deamonte Driver Dental Van's mission is to prevent other children from dying from untreated tooth decay.

Baltimore Schools Nutrition Chief Shares Successful Programs: Baltimore (Md.) public schools' food and nutrition director, Tony Geraci, is traveling around the United States to promote nutrition education and healthy-food programs, such as the Great Kids Farm, that have worked in his city. The district has overhauled its food-service program so that nearly all produce included in the student-designed school menus comes from Maryland farms.

No Free Lunch: The National School Lunch Program requires participating schools to provide nourishing meals for all students. Lately, however, more kids are showing up to school with no money to pay for meals. To accommodate these children, most schools provide an "alternate meal" that covers the bare minimum nutritional requirements—usually a cheese or peanut butter sandwich and a four-ounce box of juice or milk—which is paid for by increasing the regular price for kids who can pay. The slim offerings are expected to recruit more families who need financial help to apply for free and reduced-price meals for their children. The increased enrollment helps to lower the direct costs to the school, allowing the federal government to pick up more of the tab. How might the new mandate for schools to improve the nutritional quality of food affect schools' drive to increase free and reduced-price meals enrollment rates? Read more.

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Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Makes a Difference: The peer-reviewed journal Child Development has published the first large-scale metaanalysis of school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. The research findings can be used as evidence of the positive effect of SEL on healthy child development.

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ASHA Extends Its Conference Proposal Deadline: Got a health-related teaching technique to share? How about evaluation findings of a school-based program or intervention? Consider submitting a proposal to present at whole child partner the American School Health Association's (ASHA) 85th annual conference this year in Louisville, Ky., October 12–15. The proposal submission deadline has been extended to March 31, 2011.

Consider Writing for Educational Leadership: Showcase your school community's success in making students and staff feel safe, valued, and connected by writing for Educational Leadership magazine. The theme for the September 2011 issue is "Promoting Respectful Schools." Review the guidelines for submission and the theme description:

Students who feel safe, valued, and hopeful in school are more likely to learn. This issue will explore how schools can promote respect for self and others—in both students and teachers. Which programs reduce bullying and promote respectful relationships? How can schools address prickly issues related to race, culture, and religion and teach such crucial skills as empathy and cultural sensitivity? We're interested in articles from teachers who are making classrooms safe places where students can learn from mistakes and articles from school leaders who are making staff feel valued and supported. We welcome international contributions and real-life stories of how schools have created physically, emotionally, and intellectually respectful learning environments.

Deadline: April 1, 2011

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. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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Discipline Team Aims to Address Issues Before They Become Problems: Two teachers at an Indiana elementary school make up the school's discipline team, created as part of the school's turnaround plan. The two begin their day at the school's breakfast program and aim to get to know students and uncover potential issues. "We're getting the pulse of the building," one teacher explained. "We want to be on top of the problems so we can deal with them before they erupt. If it's bad at the beginning of the day, it's just going to go downhill if we don't find a way to get things in order."

Teachers in Ontario Are Asked to focus on Students' Mental Health: Educators in Ontario's Windsor-Essex Catholic District have been asked to take more care in determining if students suffer from mental health disorders. Leonardo Cortese, chief of psychiatry at Windsor Regional Hospital, said that about 20 percent of students suffer from a mental disorder, but have trouble telling teachers they are depressed or experiencing anxiety. "You're a detective and need to dig deeper to get to that," he told school employees during a recent symposium.

Illinois High Schools Work to Combat Teen Suicides: Illinois high schools are aiming to address teen suicides through initiatives that remove social stigma, promote open discussion, and offer mental health therapy, among others. For instance, Barrington High School created a mental health-focused community group and updated its health curriculum, while St. Charles School District 303 initiated a Facebook campaign on mental health awareness and put hotline numbers on student IDs.

Canadian Group Suggests Limiting Screen Time for Children: The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology released new guidelines that suggest limiting recreational television, game, and computer time to two hours each day for students who are 5–17 years old. The guidelines also call for students to spend more time outdoors, get more exercise, and walk or bike to school when possible. Ideally, children and youth should be getting about an hour of physical activity daily, though only about 7 percent meet the target.

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Use Technology to Promote Wellness with SchoolTube: SchoolTube.com is a great way for educators and students to access and share information online about initiatives, school projects, presentations, and a wealth of other education resources. Check out the health and wellness channels and think about maybe starting your own channel for your school.

How Can Health and Education Sectors Address the Needs of the Whole Child? This article, published in the latest issue of Preventing Chronic Disease and coauthored by Theresa Lewallen, illustrates the need for public health officials to join educators in improving child health and learning.

New Promotional Video from Let’s Move in School: Let's Move in School is a joint effort calling on physical educators, parents, and policymakers to work together to implement a comprehensive school physical activity program that incorporates quality physical education and activity in schools. Register your school to have a Let's Move in School event during National Physical Education and Sport Week from May 1 to 7.

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Get Health and Wellness Grants from Rite Aid: The Rite Aid Foundation is providing grants to nonprofits that administer health and wellness in communities where Rite Aid operates. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

Shade Structure Program: The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) Shade Structure Program awards grants to purchase permanent structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet ray protection for outdoor areas. AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety.

AAD will award up to 35 grants. Each shade structure grant is valued at a maximum of $8,000. Nonprofit organizations and public schools that are sponsored by an AAD member dermatologist (find one here) and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application are eligible to apply. Deadline: April 22, 2011.

Nature of Learning Grant Program: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Nature of Learning Grant Program is looking to promote an understanding of local conservation issues, utilize field experiences, and encourage student-led projects that connect classroom lessons to real-world issues while building partnership among local school, business, and community members. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: Schools or nonprofit organizations. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

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. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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Raising Awareness and Reducing the Stigma of HIV: The entire senior class at Urban School in San Francisco, Calif., has taken on a group project that involves each student getting tested at school for HIV. The students hope to increase participation in and awareness of sexually active high school youth getting tested. Read more.

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Oklahoma High School Parents and Principal Frown at New School Lunch Guidelines: Not everyone seems pleased with the new efforts to improve school nutrition. Some critics say that the new guidelines will cost schools money when it's not certain students will even eat the healthier choices. Without buy-in from some parents, principals, and even students, how likely is it that the USDA's nutrition standards are going to have an effect? Comment on ASCD EDge.

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Empowerment, Respect, and Health: In the latest Huffington Post article by ASCD Healthy School Communities Director Sean Slade, he writes about an example of whole child education at Manzanita SEED Elementary in Oakland, Calif. Read more to learn about the practices and results that led to this school winning the California 2010 National Title I Distinguished School Award.

Relationships Key to Strong School Culture: Boosterthon Fun Run blogger Robert Walker interviews Sean Slade about what it takes to engage students by reinforcing a strong, dynamic school culture. Read the interview.

Evaluating School Climate: Healthy School Communities participated in last week's No Name-Calling Week by contributing a blog post focusing on using the Healthy School Report Card's characteristic on social and emotional climate to evaluate school policies and practices that may address issues such as bullying and name-calling. All Healthy School Communities are encouraged to comment and share experiences both on the blog and on ASCD EDge.

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Health Education Resources for Youth: The Adolescent Health Working Group has published an online series of health education handouts that discuss issues such as basic adolescent health care, behavioral health, body basics, and sexual health. All handouts are available for free download and in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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Seeking Input from Teachers and Students about Type 2 Diabetes: BSCS, a science education nonprofit organization, is looking for input from teachers and students to help develop a curriculum on type 2 diabetes for schools. Share your thoughts in their survey.

Webinar on How to Promote a Learning-Receptive Emotional State: The "Ask Dr. Judy" series returns on February 2 at 3 p.m. ET, with a free webinar on promoting a learning-receptive emotional state. Join neurologist-turned-teacher Judy Willis for a one-hour session on practices conducive to student learning and interventions that effectively tackle common behavioral issues. Register now.

Schools, Families, Communities: What supports can schools provide to help maintain a healthy, safe environment for learning? How can schools encourage parents—including parents from minority and immigrant cultures—to take on meaningful roles in the school? How can we best guide parents to reinforce students' schoolwork at home? And how can schools make better use of the rich resources within their communities? ASCD Express is looking for short, 600- to 1,000-word essays on the theme "Schools, Families, Communities." Please e-mail your submissions to express@ascd.org by February 8, 2011. Articles on innovations like full-service community schools; 24-hour schools; service learning; community-based projects; and partnerships among schools, local businesses, and universities are welcome.

EPA Announces Grant to Address Children's Environmental Health: The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Children's Health Protection has announced a request for proposals for grant that address children's environmental health in underserved communities. The EPA intends to award approximately 15–20 awards that total approximately $1.5 million. Each award is not to exceed $100,000. The due date for initial proposals is February 18, 2011. Eligible submissions may come from U.S. states or state agencies; territories; city or township governments; county governments; the District of Columbia; federally recognized American Indian Tribes; possessions of the U.S; public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions; and 501(c)(3) organizations. Find out how to submit a proposal.

Critical Exposure—Through Your Lens: The 21st Century School Fund, Critical Exposure, and Healthy Schools Campaign are inviting students, teachers, and everyone within view of a school building to "show the world what you see every day at school." Contestants are invited to reveal an honest perspective of school facilities that include the good parts, the troubling parts, the things to be proud of, and the things to change. Contest launches February 1, 2011.

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. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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