Think you know what healthy habits your child is learning at school? Take this 10 question quiz and put your knowledge of school nutrition, physical activity and overall wellness to the test! By the end, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of the wellness programs at your child’s school – and the opportunities to collaborate with school leaders to do even more. Because when parents and school leaders work together, school wellness — that environment in which every child can access good nutrition and regular physical activity — is realistic and achievable.
Do you feel your school leaders model healthful habits for students such as drinking water, snacking on fresh fruits and veggies and encouraging physical activity?
Healthy students are better learners. Studies show kids who eat breakfast and participate in regular physical activity are more likely to pay attention in class, comprehend lessons and score higher on tests.
Does your school support healthy food options during classroom parties, celebrations and/or as rewards?
Promoting healthy options during certain meal or snack times while allowing foods high in calories, fat, sugar and sodium at celebrations sends youth conflicting messages. It is important to provide consistent messaging around healthy eating.
Does your school sponsor or host at least one school-wide event, forum or activity during the year focused on developing healthful habits?
Every year, children spend up to 2,000 hours at school, where teachers, peers and the environment have an enormous influence on behaviors related to nutrition, wellness and exercise, which provides the perfect opportunity to have at least one major event during the year.
Does your school only support fundraising activities involving the sale of healthy foods (no candy, cookie dough or other unhealthy options)?
Traditional fundraisers often focus on selling low-nutrition foods and beverages, putting students’ health in jeopardy. Studies have found that every separate food‐related activity that promotes low‐nutrition foods in school is associated with a 10% increase in students’ Body Mass Indexes.
Did you know school districts are required by law to implement wellness policies? Wellness committees help put nutrition, student wellness and physical activity education and programming into practice, and are a great way for parents to become involved in the development of their school’s wellness policies.
Are family members encouraged to participate in school-sponsored nutrition or wellness events, forums or activities?
Research shows that parent engagement in schools is closely linked to better student behavior, higher academic achievement, and enhanced social skills. This relationship between schools and parents can help your child to learn and reinforce healthy habits both in and out of school.
Does your school have a punishment protocol other than withholding physical activity?
Physical activity has actually been shown to help improve classroom behavior. Even moderate exercise increases brain activity. School time spent on physical activity not only improves fitness, but actually boosts concentration and performance.
Children should always have unlimited access to safe drinking water. It not only keeps children healthy, but also helps them perform better in school. Dehydration leads to a reduction in both mental and physical performance. Long-term chronic dehydration may cause health problems and illnesses.
Does your school offer extra-curricular opportunities that promote physical activity?
Adolescents who participate in school-based extracurricular activities and sports have more positive attitudes, higher grades and more ambitious educational aspirations.
Does your school provide resources to encourage healthful habits and conversation at home?
In Kansas, nearly one-third of kids between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese. Continued wellness at home is crucial to reversing and preventing dangerous health trends and making sure kids grow up healthy and strong.
You scored a 0 out of 10!
Your school’s definitely made a commitment to wellness! There’s always room to do more, though—so take a look at any “no” answers you have, as well as the resources at our Resources for Families page, to find more ways to help your school wellness programs soar.
You’re well on your way to making your school as healthy as it can be! Take a look at your “no” answers from this quiz, as well as the resources at our Resources for Families page. Then, look at the wellness programs your school already has in place. There may be easy ways to take what you’re already doing to the next level.
The first step to improving school wellness is knowing where to start! Use this quiz, as well as the resources at our Resources for Families page, to help you identify simple ways to make your school even healthier and happier
Don’t know all the answers? That’s okay! Discussing these questions with your local Wellness Committee and other school leaders is an important first step toward collaboratively making Kansas schools the healthiest environments possible for children to learn and grow.
Interested in learning more about the facts presented in this quiz? Check out our Learn the Facts page.
Be sure to download the Discussion Guide accompanying this quiz to learn more about school wellness, prepare to start positive conversations with school leaders and help ensure Kansas schools even happier and healthier places to learn. You can also download a printable version of the quiz.