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Local Wellness Policies: Assessing School District Strategies for Improving Children's Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009. (PDF, 102 pgs.)

While most students nationwide are enrolled in a school district with a wellness policy on the books, these policies are weak, failing to provide our children with the healthy foods and physical activity they need to learn and grow, according to a new report released by Bridging the Gap and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

2012 Kids Count Data Book

Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012. (web resource)

Each year, the Kids Count Data Book provides information and statistical trends on the conditions of America's children and families. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, Kids Count seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

Helping Immigrant and Refugee Students Succeed: It's Not Just what Happens In the Classroom

Center for Health and Care in Schools, 2009. (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Problematic behaviors exhibited by students have a direct impact on student success and the importance of engaging families for student academic achievement has been well documented. The challenges are more pronounced among immigrant and refugee students and their families. This research highlights a number of successful strategies used to engage immigrant and refugee families in support of their children's mental health.

Healthy and Ready to Learn

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2005. (web article, available for purchase)

Former Surgeon General David Satcher describes the link between health and academic achievement, and urges schools to play a role in better health.

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Give it a Shot!: Toolkit for Nurses and other Immunization Champions working with Secondary Schools

American School Health Association (ASHA), 2006. (PDF, 67 pgs.)

A tool to help schools prepare for and implement immunization requirements for adolescents. Includes tips for working with students, families, other health care providers, and the media.

Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know about Evidence-Based Practices

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2007. (PDF, 52 pgs.)

NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization that works with persons living with mental illness and their families. This pamphlet provides families with information about evidence-based treatment options for their children and questions to ask providers about treatment plans for children with mental illness.

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Childhood Obesity & Schools

National School Boards Association (NSBA), 2010. (web resource)

NSBA shares information on childhood obesity, why it matters for schools, and the role school leaders play in addressing childhood obesity. Find relevant data and research; resources for developing sound policies and practices related to childhood obesity; and examples of school successes in addressing childhood obesity.

America's Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America, 2008. (PDF, 32 pgs.)

This report ranks states based on two metrics: infant mortality and children's general health status; provides benchmarks for states to strive towards; and makes recommendations for practice.

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America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2010. (web resource)

Statistical data on children and families collected through the coordination and integration of 22 federal agencies. Indicators are organized into seven sections: Family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

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Afterschool Programs: Making a Difference in America's Communities by Improving Academic Achievement, Keeping Kids Safe and Helping Working Families

Afterschool Alliance, 2008. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

A summary of research findings of afterschool programs improving academic achievement, keeping kids safe, and helping working families.

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