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School Wellness - Healthy Steps Forward

Articles & Tools:

Healthy Steps Forward Download "Assessing Your School Wellness Policy"

Videos

During the 2009 Texas Association for School Administrators conference the Dannon Institute conducted a 1 hour presentation, "Your School Wellness Policy - 5 Solutions to 5 Common Problems." The presenters were Greg Welk, Associate Professor at Iowa State University and the Scientific Director for FitnessGram, and Rich Abramson, a School Superintendent from Maine. In the following series of videos Greg and Rich discuss practical solutions to addressing your school wellness policy.
Part 1 - Obtaining buy in from students and parents
Part 2 - Tips for school administrators including food options, financial realities, and how to add physical activity to the day and the importance of doing so
Part 3 - The role of the school administrator in the wellness policy and obstacles to assessing your policy and programs
Part 4 - Questions for experts from Texas Superintendents

Tools

School Wellness Policy Checklist
A simple checklist to rate physical activity and nutrition components of a district school wellness policy
Checklist for Food and Beverage Items
An assessment form that looks at offerings in a high school cafeteria a la carte line
Principal Survey
A checklist examining food and physical activity wellness policies at the school level

Webinars

Webinar, October 20, 2009, "Maintaining School Wellness During Tight Budget Times"
Webinar, October 21, 2008, "School Wellness Policies: Do you have one – and is it
   working?"