In the section below, explore links to health and wellness resources that contain valuable information on how you can help improve school wellness in collaboration with school leaders and other like-minded individuals.
Published by the Kansas State Department of Education, this step-by-step guide takes you through the process of developing, implementing and evaluating school wellness policies alongside school leaders. It also provides information on building school health councils, working with school boards and implementing wellness plans.
The state-based arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national Team Nutrition, Kansas Team Nutrition, offers a variety of resources and ideas for improving school wellness – both in terms of nutrition and physical activity. Kansas Team Nutrition also provides guidance on how you can work with your school to establish family events that emphasize families and schools working in tandem to create healthy school environments.
Eat Smart, Play Hard is a state-based resource that encourages kids and their families to make healthy food choices and stay physically active. One of the site’s primary assets is its extensive resource library, which can be tailored to either families or educators. The family resources offer activities and tips for helping inspire children to be healthy inside and outside of school.
This one-page document discusses joint use agreements, a government-school partnership that allows local communities to access playgrounds and gymnasiums after school hours. Use this document to initiate or continue discussions with your local school officials about ways you can collaborate around this innovative approach to school and community wellness.
This practical and accessible guide to school breakfast provides an overview of the various ways schools serve breakfast (in the cafeteria, in the classroom, via grab ‘n’ go bags, after first period or on the bus). You can use this document as a conversation starter with school officials to create standards and encourage methods of breakfast delivery in your child’s school.
Produced by BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City and KCHealthyKids, this comprehensive document explains both the why and the how of creating healthy food choices for school celebrations, fundraisers, rewards and snacks. Suggestions are tailored to both families and school leaders, so you can ensure your child is making healthy food choices at school and at home.
Published by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association, this site contains evidence-based recommendations on policies for healthy school foods. An engaging infographic and other visuals help you track and communicate your support for smarter school meal and snack standards.
This series of tip sheets provided by the Illinois Public Health Institute offers suggestions for improving school nutrition for snack and a la carte foods and beverages. Also included is the National PTA’s Smart Snack Guide to help you and the PTA change the health landscape of schools.
This toolkit from Action for Healthy Kids includes several school wellness resources for parents and families. In it, you can find a school’s typical physical activity and school meal challenges and opportunities, as well as action plans for helping make your kid’s school environment a healthy place to learn and grow.
Across Kansas, only 44 percent of low-income students participate in the National School Lunch Program.