Schools Resources


Schools have a responsibility to build and foster healthy environments. Administrators, teachers, parents and students can create school environments that promote healthy New Hampshire kids

 

 


Provide opportunities for physical activity for all students at schools


Offer healthy food and beverage choices throughout the school environment - from food service to vending machines to fundraisers

HEAL's Recommended Strategies for Schools

  • Adopt nutrition standards that support the sale and distribution of healthier nutrient-dense foods and beverages during the school day (i.e., meal menus, vending machines, birthday/holiday celebrations, fundraising events, concession stands)
  • Restrict the sale, and limit advertising and promotions of less healthy foods and beverages during the school day
  • Adopt and implement a policy to provide developmentally appropriate daily physical activity and exercise through physical education classes, recess, interscholastic sports, club or intramural sports, and integrating physical activity into the academic curriculum
  • Support school wellness committees to implement school wellness policies and plans
  • Conduct highly visible school-wide healthy eating active living campaigns with messages directed to students, staff and parents through various media

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Schools: Healthy Eating

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school

School Foods: A Guide to Implementing the New Hampshire Administrative Rules for Education Regarding Food and Nutrition
A toolkit designed to help schools implement the administrative rules, which impact all foods made available in New Hampshire public schools outside of the regular USDA school meals and snack programs

NH Farm to School Program
Project to connect NH farms and schools by integrating agricultural production, school food procurement and school curriculum.

USDA Summer Food Service Program makes sure children can get the nutritious meals they need after school is out. To find meals and sites in your community, call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE.

Dishing Out Healthy School Meals
How efforts to balancing meals and budgets are bearing fruit. A resource from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation.

Use the toolkit Soup to Nuts as a platform for people to learn how they can help.

Improving The Food Environment Through Nutrition Standards A guide for government procurement by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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Schools: Active Living

Working with Schools to Increase Physical Activity Among Children and Adolescents in Physical Education Classes
An Action Guide

Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards
National Recommended Standards for Physical Activity in Schools from the National After School Association

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)
An evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in children from preschool through grade 8.

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Schools: Additional Tools

Report of the New Hampshire Commission on Prevention of Childhood Obesity
14 recommendations for supporting healthy eating and active living for children in schools, community and health care settings.

HEALthy Schools
A New Hampshire resource that provides information and support to school nurses, school faculty and school food-service personnel as they work to promote child health by improving the school nutrition and physical-activity environments.

Health Fair Resources for schools

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Before/After Schools

ACROSS NH (A Comprehensive Resource for Out-of-Schooltime Staff New Hampshire)
With a cadre of talented consultants, ACROSS NH provides comprehensive technical assistance, structured coaching and mentoring, and both basic and advanced professional development opportunities to the school-age, afterschool staff.

Healthy Kids Hub Website
The Hub provides hundreds of free and low-cost resources including tips sheets, videos, and products. All resources help out-of-school adopt 3 core principles:

      • Drink Right: Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
      • Move More: Boost movement and physical activity in all programs
      • Snack Smart: Fuel up on fruits and vegetables.

Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards
National Recommended Standards for Physical Activity in Schools from the National After School Association

Coordinated Approach to Child Health - CATCH National or CATCH New Hampshire
An evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in children from preschool through grade 8.

Afterschool Snacking Toolkit With this Afterschool Snacking Toolkit, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and Kraft Foodservice provide everything you need to know to start a new afterschool snack service – or to enhance your existing afterschool snack offerings.

5-2-1-0 Goes After School
Program documents and resources your own after school program.

Afterschool Gets Moving!
An evidence-based resource that promotes safer and healthier physical activity in after school.

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Preschool / Early Childcare

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)
This program is a practice-based intervention designed to enhance policies, practices, and environments in child care.

Prevention Institute: Physical Activity, Provide Regular Opportunities for Physical Activity and Play

Life is Good: Playmakers
Certified Playmakers are child care professionals who dedicate their lives to helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness through the power of play.

CATCH Early Childhood
Designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5.

Subcategories

  • Health Fair Resources
  • CATCH Kids Club

    CATCH Kids Club (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidenced-based after-school, summer, and community recreation program designed to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in elementary school-age children. Research by the University of Texas showed that CATCH Kids Club can significantly increase moderate to vigorous physical activity in elementary school aged children.

    Funded by a Growing Up Healthy grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the Foundation for Healthy Communities oversees implementation of the program in New Hampshire after school and summer camp programs.

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