For Educators

"Health and success in school are interrelated.
Schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students and
staff are not healthy and fit physically, mentally, and socially." 

For Early Learning Resources



School Gardens

Did you know that many schools in Florida are using gardens as a tool for hands-on, student-centered learning? Research has shown that children who participate in garden based nutrition interventions increase their servings of fruit and vegetables and that teachers perceive gardens to be very effective at enhancing academic performance, physical activity, language arts, and healthful eating habits.



Online Training Programs

Food Safety from Farm & Garden to Preschool
University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire
This free, self-paced program was created to help early childcare educators, foodservice staff, volunteers and parents understand the importance of reducing the risk of food safety related to fresh fruits and vegetables for young children. 
The program includes five units:
.       Farm to Preschool Benefits
.       Fresh Produce and Foodborne Illness Risks
.       Food Safety Basics for the Classroom and the Kitchen
.       Food Safety and Gardening Activities
.       Food Safety on Field Trips to Farms and Farmers' Market. 
Printable resources such as Best Practices Planning Tools, resources, and Certificates of Completion are available and may be able to be used towards Professional Development requirements. This project was supported through USDA NIFA project award 2011-5110-30996.




Research Briefs & Syntheses
Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance
Active Living Research
January 2015 report about the effects of physical activity on academic success. The report found that physical activity can have both immediate and long-term benefits on long-term performance, including enhanced concentration. 
Guidance Document
Appropriate Practices in School Based Health Education
SHAPE America
Created by SHAPE America and a task force of exemplary health educators, this free Guidance Document gives teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists and teacher trainers a detailed blueprint for designing and delivering health education that meets national, state and local standards and frameworks.
Tip Sheet
Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line – findings from school districts that have had success
The Illinois Public Health Institute has released five tip sheets to help schools implement Smart Snacks in School while minimizing negative financial impact. Strategies are shared from eight school districts across the country that improved nutrition standards for their snack and à la carte food and beverages, known as "competitive foods," and maintained food service revenue. The tip sheets contain hands-on strategies for Food Service Directors, cafeteria staff, teachers, principals and families focused on marketing, selling and serving healthier foods and beverages to middle and high school students without negative financial impact.  The tip sheets are:
  1. Finances: Strategies to Maintain Revenues with Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  2. Creating and Implementing Policies for Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  3.  Improving Access to Healthy Foods and Beverages Through Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  4.  Student Education and Engagement to Support Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
  5.  Improving Cafeteria Strategies to Support Healthier Competitive Foods Standards
Alison Burdick, principal at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London, Connecticut, explains: “By working together with students, families and our community, we can support more healthy food choices in our schools. It’s about understanding what kids like to eat, always seeking new ways to give kids opportunities to eat healthy, educating the cafeteria staff, changing how they're interacting with the students, and an intentional look at menu choices so that the kids are never bored and there's always something new.” 
Webinars and Videos
Farm to School Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Farm to School staff and guest speakers have just what you need to start or expand your farm to school program in the new year. This 11-part webinar series will help you build your farm to school skills and develop new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom. Join us for tips and insights on topics like building a team, menu planning, program sustainability, and more! New this year: earn SNA Continuing Education Units for each webinar attended.
Florida Healthy Districts
Healthy School District Training
Designed to provide an interactive training to help you renew, refresh and reinvigorate your team’s efforts to improve the health and wellness of students and staff in your district. The training provides district wellness policy committees and School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs) with the knowledge to create a solid foundation to implement the Coordinated-School Health Model (CSH) and enhance their wellness efforts.
Volunteer Matching Program
Get in the Action Center
Action for Healthy Kids has created Get in the Action Center to make hosting a physical activity event a no-brainer. Whether you want to host a Family Fitness Day or rev up recess, you can get the volunteers and resources you need to make your event a success. Here's how it works:
  1.  Register your organization
  2.  Register your event
  3.  Use the templates and support materials provided to get started and recruit volunteers using sample social media posts, flyers, and emails.
  4.  Match with volunteers in your community through the Get in the Action Center.
Nutrition Curriculum for Preschoolers
"Grow It, Try It, Like It!" Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate
A garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm!
Growing a Movement - Healthy Kids, Healthy Community Final Report
Active Living by Design
Communities utilized a variety of obesity-prevention strategies to increase access to healthy foods and/or opportunities for physical activity. A key component of HKHC was a focus on policy, systems and environmental change strategies rather than behavior change alone. To achieve sustainable change and community buy-in, HKHC grantees utilized existing multidisciplinary partnerships or formed new coalitions to lead their work during a four-year grant period.
Archived Podcasts
Health and Academic Achievement Podcasts
CDC Healthy Schools • GENYOUth • Action for Healthy Kids
Healthy, successful students help build strong communities. Listen to two podcasts developed by CDC Healthy Schools, in partnership with GENYOUth and Action for Healthy Kids, to learn more about the link between the health of students and learning.
Adolescent and School Health
Fact Sheets
Managing Risk When Setting Up a Crossing Guard Program
Safe Routes to School
As Safe Routes to School programs continue to crop up across the country, it is becoming clear that in many communities, not all children can easily and safely walk or bicycle to school, especially if their school is located near a busy or dangerous intersection. A crossing guard program is one strategy to help ensure students get to and from school safely; in fact, many jurisdictions have already set up successful crossing guards programs. But other jurisdictions worry that implementing a program could significantly increase their risk of liability in the event of an injury.
CA4Health, in collaboration with ChangeLab Solutions, has released a new fact sheet, "Crossing with Confidence," to help communities manage this risk and establish a safe and effective crossing guard program.
A companion fact sheet, Get Out & Get Moving, also helps localities understand the legal implications of implementing a remote drop-off program and determine whether a program is appropriate for their community.
Data Map
Mapping School Breakfast:  Participation, Funding, and Growth
Each day, the School Breakfast Program provides millions of low-income children a healthy morning meal. In the 2013-2014 school year, however, just over half of low-income children who participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) also participated in the School Breakfast Program (SBP). This map utilizes state and federal participation, funding, and legislative data collected for our annual School Breakfast Scorecard to demonstrate the status of breakfast participation and the opportunity for growth in each state.
Online Physical Education Network (OPEN)
OPEN is a backward designed curriculum project that targets SHAPE America’s National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes.  OPEN has one mission: to improve the effectiveness of physical education for every child. OPEN helps teachers help their students by providing rigorous, outcomes-based curriculum tools to every physical education teacher – no exceptions.  Equity of Access is essential for empowering the entire physical education community. US Games believes in the talents and creativity of the teachers and administrators that we serve. That’s why OPEN will always be free to every educator. This is not an ideal or philosophy, it’s a movement.
The President's Challenge Newsletter
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View past updates here.
Safe and Healthy Schools - Florida
Website focused on Safe Schools, The Eight Components of Coordinated School Health, and Healthy District Assessment.
Smart Snacks & Child Nutrition
National PTA
All schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program must comply with the nutrition guidelines for what is considered “competitive foods”—more commonly referred to as “Smart Snacks”. Although these guidelines are federally mandated, state and local jurisdictions may adopt policies that have stronger nutritional guidelines for foods served during the school day and at school events. This implementation guide applies only to the Smart Snacks federal guidelines, so it is important that you check with state and local guidelines for additional requirements around food sales in school. We also recognize that fundraising is necessary for many PTAs as a means to provide resources and programming. This guide should serve to help your PTA be a successful partner in the transition to Smart Snacks, including alternatives when fundraising is necessary.
Stride Track
StrideTrack is the first web based running club management software system that uses bar code scanning and bar code scanners for lap tracking of mileage clubs.
The Walking Classroom 
The evidence-based Walking Classroom gets elementary students walking, listening and learning using standards-based curriculum content in MP3 audio players.
Alliance for Healthier Generation
Wellness Policies
Wellness policies are essential to making the healthy choice the easy choice on campus. Effective wellness policies make physical activity and healthy eating sustainable practices. They include school staff, students and families to make sure the diverse needs of your community are met. This resource meets the new federal requirements based on the USDA's proposed rule and offers stronger language in areas where districts may be ready to raise the bar."  The Alliance encourages school districts nationwide to use this resource as a template for updating their policies.
View New Policies




Don't Sell Us Short
Food Marketing in Schools
A toolkit from American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson, and Voices for Healthy Kids, provides tacticts to eliminate unhealthy food and beverage marketing in schools and on buses so that kids can develop healthy food preferences and habits to last a lifetime.
Healthier School Day - Tools for Schools
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Tools for Schools offers topic-specific policy and resource materials to assist schools in meeting the new nutrition standards. Refer to the latest regulations, find free nutrition education curricula, or get ideas for adding tasty, kid-friendly foods to enhance your school meals program.




New School Cuisine Cookbook
Vermont Feed
School food is key to getting kids to eat healthier. Educators, administrators, and parents across the country are working to improve children's nutrition and eating habits - building school gardens, designing cooking classes, organizing farm field trips. But the fastest, most realistic way to get kids to eat better: serve school food that tastes good.