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Healthy School Environments

National Programs in Action

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These programs created by federal and national partners can help schools take the next step in building communities that keep children safe and encourage healthy choices and personal habits.

  • FindYouthInfo.gov helps youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement and participate in effective programs for youth. The website offers:
  • ChooseMyPlate.gov helps children and adults think about what and how much food they eat and encourages eating from all food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods. The website includes:
  • Let's Move! helps everyone play a role in reducing childhood obesity by fostering environments that support healthy choices, providing healthier foods in our schools, ensuring that every family has access to healthy affordable food and ¬†helping kids become more physically active. The website includes:
  • FoodSafety.gov offers information on keeping food safe and highlights four simple steps: clean, separate, cook and chill. Schools may be interested in:
  • Strategy Guide for Engaging Parents in School Health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement. The website includes a facilitator’s guide for school staff development, PowerPoint slides and fact sheets for school administrators, school staff and parents.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America supports positive child development by giving children a safe place to learn and grow. Boys and Girls Clubs offer children a variety of experiences to interact with adults and other children; most clubs have games, arts and crafts, a gymnasium and a learning or technology center.
  • National Center for Safe Routes to School ¬†strives to help states and communities enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The website provides tools for teachers and law enforcement as well as access to data, events and training, and information on funding. The center coordinates:
  • The Center for Green Schools from the U.S. Green Building Council helps drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play. The Center works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments.
  • Green Ribbon Schools is a national recognition and award program that seeks to increase children's outdoor play to improve health, development and well-being. The website presents project ideas, describes existing projects and offers regular contests in which schools and organizations can compete.
  • The PowerSave Schools Program helps schools use energy efficiently through building retrofits, changing operational and maintenance routines and changing the behavior of building users.

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