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School Wellness

NEW Fall 2012: The School Day Just Got Healthier!
Learn more about changes in school meals. Get resources for parents, student, food service and adminstrators.

School Wellness Newsletter:  2-page handout for parents and teachers produced by Oregon Action for Healthy Kids & Healthy Kids Learn Better. Spring 2013  Fall 2012

Non-Food Rewards for Classroom: Creative ideas from teachers and for teachers on using rewards other than food.
Ideas from Klamath County  and  Ideas from Benton County    More Ideas

School Celebrations:  Ideas for making celebrations at school fun AND healthy. Offers alternatives to high-sugar, high-fat foods and suggestions for specific holidays. Healthy School Celebrations from Center for Science in the Public Interest

Healthy Snacks: 
7-page handout listing snack ideas for schools and other youth events. Developed by the
Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Healthy Snack Calculator. Use this to determine whether a food meets the new school nutrition guidelines. SB 2650 establishes statewide nutrition standards on all foods sold outside the School Breakfast/Lunch program in all school locations during regular hours. Calculator sponsored by Oregon Public Health Institute.

School Wellness Resources:
Action for Healthy Kids
National resources focused on changes in schools that will improve nutrition and physical activity choices and ultimately readiness to learn.

Fuel Up to Play 60
Make your school a healthier place by taking fun challenges with your classmates and earn prizes along the way.
Studies suggest well-nourished, physically active kids can be better students.

Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health  Parent guide created by STOP Obesity Alliance and Alliance for a Healthier Generation offering practical advice on how to discuss weight and health with their children.

Physical Activity in the Classroom:
Recommended Resources         Brochure from Centers for Disease Control    

PE and Academics: Research brief from Active Living Research (Robert Wood Johnson, 2009)

Shape Up Across Oregon
A free program developed by the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Schools sign up in February and make their "journey" across Oregon during April by tracking students' activity time. Students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion and are entered in a drawing for prizes.  

President's Fitness Challenge is being replaced by Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Shools can access resources to help students be active every day, every way. Includes a health-related assessment (Fitnessgram), educational tools, training materials and awards.

Walk + Bike to School
Riding or walking to school is a great way to be active and improve behaviors at school. It can also be safe. Learn more on how to create "Safe Routes to Schools".

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