Advocacy

ROCK wants children in Central Florida to be healthy, have fun, learn, and get as much out of life as possible. Together, we can advocate for healthier options for our Central Florida children. 
 
 
 
 
Advocate for Change
One of the easiest ways to advocate for change around childhood health and wellness programming, is to contact your local elected officials.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Interested in learning more about the benefits of recess and physical activity? Check out these resources:

 
Research
Recess for Learning
Action For Healthy Kids
How Parents can advocate for recess (plus has some links to other good sites)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends that schools provide 20 minutes of recess per day. Yet, up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess in order to free up more time for academics. Scaling back recess comes at a cost to learning. Research has shown that recess helps students to focus and learn better. It’s time for education policymakers to take play seriously and enhance recess to improve learning and school climate – and parents can help.
Read Results (PDF 763 KB)
 
Research
The State of Play - Gallup Survey of Principals on School Recess
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Class size. Standardized testing. The three R’s. When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning lies outside the classroom: on the playground at recess.
Read Results (PDF 1.3 MB)
 
Report
The Learning Connection
Action For Healthy Kids
Highlights the relationship between physical activity and academic performance
The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn demonstrates that physical activity supports academic achievement, well-nourished kids learn better and that healthier practices in schools can increase school revenue. The easy-to-read special report is a roadmap for parents, educators, school administrators and school volunteers to create healthier school environments so the kids in their lives are better positioned to learn. It's a follow-up to Action for Healthy Kids' landmark 2004 report, The Learning Connection: The Value of Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity in Our Schools.
 

Resources


 
Creating the Healthiest Nation Starts with Me!
American Public Health Association
I want to live a long, healthy life free from injury and diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease that are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. - See more at: http://action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/pledge_2030.html?utm_source=NP...
I want to live a long, healthy life free from injury and diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease that are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. - See more at: http://action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/pledge_2030.html?utm_source=NP...
APHA is circulating a pledge to create the healthiest nation.
 
 
 
Fitness Integrated in Teaching Kids Act
 
 
Healthy Meeting Pledge
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) is asking organizations to sign a pledge to have healthy meetings, conferences, and events.  To assist organizations, NANA has developed a Healthy Meeting Toolkit. (No Deadline)
 
Making Our Communities Healthy Through Bicycling and Walking
A new factsheet from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership provides "right now" actions advocates can take to make Safe Routes to School a priority in your community.
 
National Public Health Week - Healthiest Nation 2030
American Public Health Association
During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
 
Parents for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids has worked with parents across the country to improve the nutrition and physical activity levels of kids at home and in school, and learned the most effective ways to engage parents in school wellness along the way. Informed and involved parents are motivated to push for changes that make school environments healthier. Educated on the issues by our trainings and resources, parents are becoming a powerful force for change in their children's schools.
 
PHIT America Foundation
Personal Heath Investment Today

PHIT America Foundation, Inc. is a Florida public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  It is a Type I Supporting Organization of PHIT America, a social welfare organization exempt from tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Deductible charitable donations can be made to PHIT America Foundation, Inc.

PHIT America Foundation, Inc. has a mission to create a Movement for a Fit & Healthy America. The Foundation focuses on two major objectives:

  1. Educate Americans about the issues and compel them to be active, fit, playing more sports to achieve better health
  2. Promote and support grassroots and school-based programs which will get more Americans active, fit and healthy
- See more at: http://www.phitamerica.org/About/PHIT_America_Foundation.htm#sthash.LKwc...
PHIT America Foundation, Inc. is a Florida public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is a Type I Supporting Organization of PHIT America, a social welfare organization exempt from tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Deductible charitable donations can be made to PHIT America Foundation, Inc.
 
PHIT America Foundation, Inc. has a mission to create a Movement for a Fit & Healthy America. The Foundation focuses on two major objectives:
  1.  Educate Americans about the issues and compel them to be active, fit, playing more sports to achieve better health
  2.  Promote and support grassroots and school-based programs which will get more Americans active, fit and healthy
 
 
The Aspen Institute
Project Play
Reimagining Youth Sports in America
Sports are an important part of the lives of most children in the United States. Just over 21 million youth between the ages of 6 to 17 play team sports on a regular basis, with another 5 million engaging on an occasional basis, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association annual survey of households. Kids are most active before the teenage years, though participation is declining. Children ages 6 to 12 who played sports regularly fell from 44.5 percent of that population in 2008 to 40 percent in 2013.
 
School Wellness Council Toolkit
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
A school wellness committee is essentially an advisory group concerned with the health and wellbeing of students and staff. A committee can be formed at the district or school building level. This group typically has 6-12 members and includes school staff, students, family members, and community members. This guide was created as a resource for school wellness committees to convene, plan and implement their action plans. The tools and other tips contained in this Toolkit are meant to coordinate with other Healthy Schools Program resources and technical assistance provided by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
View PDF 190 KB
 
 
Take the Pledge to Make Every Kid Healthy
By taking the pledge you will receive health and wellness tips to make the kids in your life healthier - even the kid in you.
 
 
Voices for Healthy Kids
American Heart Association
Our vision at Voices for Healthy Kids is to see every child with healthy foods and drinks at home and in school, safe streets for biking and walking, and places to play after school. We are working to ensure that the places where children live, learn, and play make it easy and enjoyable for them to eat healthy foods and be active. Voices for Healthy Kids is an initiative between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.