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Child Care Wellness Policies

Care Connection: Nutrition Education in Child Care Fun food activities that the child care provider can do with young children to help them learn about the good things food can do for our bodies.

Preschool Wellness Policy Evaluation Tool The Preschool Wellness Policy Evaluation Tool provides a standard method for the quantitative assessment of preschool policies written in parent handbooks, staff handbooks, and in other policy documents.

Preventing Obesity among Preschool Children: How Can Child-Care Settings Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity? This research synthesis reviews studies that have identified opportunities to promote a healthy diet and regular physical activity among preschool children. RECIPE for Growing Healthy Children The resources were developed as part of a USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant to train child care food service staff on planning and preparing meals and snacks that comply with the Dietary Guidelines and My Pyramid. USDA's Nutrition Education ResourcesFind lesson plans, activities, tips, strategies, and more to help you make healthy eating a fun part of your program. USDA's Physical Activity ResourcesHelp motivate your students to move more and sit less with these physical activity resources.

USDA Wellness Policy Resources for Child Care Providers These links from the USDA Team Nutrition feature a wide variety of policies that can be adopted at the local level.

Fact Sheets

Developing a Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement This fact sheet outlines key considerations for schools, including what to look for when soliciting a vendor, best practices to ensure a sound agreement, and ways for parents and other community members to get involved in the process.

Dollars and Sense: The Financial Impact of Selling Healthier School Foods Enormous attention, effort, and resources are being paid to the obesity epidemic and the related health consequences.

Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications This fact sheet summarizes the existing evidence of the financial impact on schools that have implemented strong nutrition standards.


A Guide to Developing Safe Routes to School Maps Safe Routes To School maps, or Safe Walking Route Maps, show students, families, and school personnel where the safest routes to walk and bike to school are located, using sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, crossing guards, school bike rack locations, and traffic signals.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity CDC synthesized research and best practices related to promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools, culminating in nine guidelines.

Healthy Fundraising

Healthy Fundraisers for Schools: Tips from AFHK Team Members Healthy fundraisers contribute to a healthy school environment. Products with mass appeal can be inexpensive to sell, provide generous fundraising margins, and support healthy choices. Healthier Alternatives for Parties Handout Parties are fun and a great tool to help children socialize, but they can also encourage unhealthy food choices. Here are a few ideas to help you offer healthier alternatives for parties. Healthier Alternative for Parties Parent Letter Sample letter for supporting healthier alternative parties in schools.

Healthy Schools Recognition Program

Catawba County Public Health and the Eat Smart Move More Cawaba County coalition in Hickory, NC, developed a healthy schools recognition program to identify and promote schools who meet certain "healthy schools" criteria. The following resources were developed in conjunction with this program:

Journal Articles

Literature Review on Strategies for Healthy Vending in Schools This document presents citations for research articles that have addressed school vending machine initiatives.

Schools and Obesity Prevention: Creating School Environments and Policies to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Current issues in schools' food and physical activity environments are examined, as well as federal, state, and local policies related to food and physical activity standards in schools.


National Center on  Physical Activity and Disability A monthly publication of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)


Beating Mindless Eating in Schools and Homes -- Brian Wansink, PhD, John Dyson Endowed Chair, Applied Economics and Management Department, Cornell University; Director, Cornell Food and Brand Lab

Policy Briefs

CDC's Healthy Communities Policy Resource Guide CDC's Healthy Communities Program (HCP) developed this Policy Resource Guide to provide communities with policy resources for the following areas: general, community, school, work site, and health care.

Food, Research, and Action Center's School Meal Rule The majority in the House of Representatives is attempting to roll back the USDA rule-making process that promises much-needed improvements to the nutritional quality of school meals.

Presentation Materials

For CDC's School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity To help inform education and health professionals about the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, CDC has developed a free PowerPoint® presentation and accompanying materials that can be downloaded for public use.

Profiles/Case Studies

Creating Healthy Communities - Success Stories from ACHIEVE Download the "Creating Healthy Communities - Success Stories from ACHIEVE" document to read about the impact of ACHIEVE policy and environmental change efforts in communities.

School Health Profiles 2010 - CDC The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments.


Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies The IOM reviewed factors related to overweight and obesity from birth to age five, with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behavior.

Farm to School: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography As a part of the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, the National Agricultural Library developed this working bibliography to document existing research and resources on Farm to School and Farm to Institution efforts around the Nation.

National Prevention Strategy On June 16, 2011 the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, announced the release of the National Prevention Strategy, a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States This report describes the expert panel process that was used to identify 24 recommended strategies for obesity prevention and a suggested measurement for each strategy that communities can use to assess performance and track progress over time.

The Relative Risks of School Travel: A National Perspective and Guidance for Local Community Risk Assessment The purpose of this report is to fulfill this mandate by assessing the relative risks of each major mode used for school travel and to provide insights into the potential effects on safety of changes in the distribution of school trips by mode.

Safe Routes to School: Helping Communities Save Lives and Dollars The research and stories of local impact in this report demonstrate the potential for Safe Routes to School initiatives to ameliorate local challenges and costs.

Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently released the Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide, compiled to help local communities and schools create, enact and implement policies that will support active and healthy community environments.

Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation: The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President President Barack Obama established the first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to develop and implement an inter-agency plan that details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

Transportation and Health: Policy Interventions for Safer, Healthier People and Communities Partnership for Prevention collaborated with the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) at UC Berkeley, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce this report examining the effects of transportation policies on public health.

Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in the School Environment Efforts to reduce sodium in the school environment can go well beyond school meals and should consider the whole school environment.


Farm to School Start-Up Kit
WSDA created this Farm to School Start-Up Kit in partnership with Kent School District to assist schools as they consider their options and begin farm to school efforts. In 2010, Kent School District's commitment to providing tasty, affordable, healthy meal programs was recognized and they were selected to participate in Public Health-Seattle & King County Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant.

Farm to School Toolkit, developed by Douglas County Nebraska (CPPW-awarded community) In late 2011 Douglas County Nebraska released the following Farm to School Toolkit (http://toolkit.centerfornutrition.org/) available for use by all local jurisdictions. With specific information for Schools, Producers and Distributers, the Toolkit offers straightforward information and tools to make local foods in schools a reality. This Toolkit was produced with CPPW funds.

Leadership for Healthy Communities Action Strategies Toolkit This toolkit provides targeted strategies, stakeholders, policy and program options, directions on how to start programs, resources that can help inform the process, and examples of how other states and localities have achieved progress.

Walk/Bike to School Savings Calculator How much will you save if you walk or bicycle to school every day of the year?  What if you walk or bike once a week or once a month?


Making the Most of Physical Education Making the Most of Physical Education is a video for school administrators, board members, teachers, parents, and others interested in quality physical education (PE).

USDA Video on Cost Savings and Access to Healthy Foods for Schools The USDA is sharing the following link to a short video about how USDA Foods are contributing to cost savings and access to healthy foods for schools.

NACCHO National Association of Chronic Disease Directors National Recreation and Park Association SOPHE YMCA - Activate America