Healthy Schools Policy and Practice

Healthy Schools Policy and Practice

The Colorado Education Initiative incentivizes Colorado schools and districts to implement systemic, strategic and coordinated approaches to creating healthy and engaging learning environments that support instruction, align with current policy goals and improve student outcomes. The Healthy Schools Initiative builds awareness, develops resources, exchanges information, and provides training around best practices in school nutrition, health education, physical activity, school health services and workplace wellness.

 See our Healthy Schools Policy and Practice tools, resources, and webinars.

  Read the 2013 Healthy Schools Best Practices Guide and learn from Colorado success stories.

 Learn more about the 2014 Healthy School Champions

Across Colorado, districts and schools are working hard to improve nutrition, get students moving and provide more comprehensive health services. They are putting in place workplace wellness programs that are getting results. Find out more about how rural, mountain, urban and suburban districts are turning best practices into everyday practices by clicking on the links below.

2012-2014 Healthy Schools Policy and Practice Grantees

The Colorado Education Initiative awarded best practice mini innovation grants to 12 school districts in 2012. This funding supports efforts to improve existing health and wellness programs. The one- and two-year grants are designed to positively impact student achievement by implementing best practices in nutrition, physical education, health education, school-based health and workplace wellness.

Two-year $10,000 grantees

Adams 12 School District
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Employee Wellness

Archuleta Schools District
Nutrition and Health Education

Boulder Valley School District
Nutrition

Center Consolidated Schools
Physical Activity, Employee Wellness and School Health Services

Durango School District
Nutrition and Health Education

East & West Grand School Districts
Nutrition, Health Education, Employee Wellness, and School Health Services

La Veta School District
Nutrition and Physical Activity

Mountain Valley Schools RE-1
Health Education and Employee Wellness

Ridgway & Ouray School Districts
Physical Activity, Health Education and Employee Wellness

San Juan School District
Nutrition and Health Education

Scholars to Leaders Academy
Nutrition, Physical Activity, Health Education and Employee Wellness

One-year $2,500 grantee

Woodland Park School District
Nutrition

2011-2013 Healthy Schools Policy and Practice Grantees

Two-year $10,000 grantees

Adams 14 School District
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Employee Wellness

Aurora Public Schools
Health Education and Physical Activity

Buffalo School District
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Employee Wellness

Idalia School District
Nutrition, Health Education, Physical Activity and Employee Wellness

Manitou Springs School District
Physical Activity and Employee Wellness

Sangre de Cristo School District
Employee Wellness and School Health Services

Table of Contents

Bullying Prevention

Coordinated School Health

Groups that Help

Health Education

Nutrition

Physical Activity

School Health Services

Workplace Wellness

Bullying Prevention

Anti-Defamation League – Cyberbullying
Learn more about the ADL’s model cyberbullying prevention law as well as model curriculum and programming for students, teachers and community members to recognize and prevent cyberbullying.

Anti-Defamation League – No Place for Hate Campaign
Find out about this effort in the Mountain States region to organize schools to work together and develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity; access tools and strategies to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.

Bullying Fact Sheet for General Audience
Use this simple fact sheet as a handout at school, district or school board meetings to build awareness about bullying, identify which students are at risk and learn how to stop harassment.

Bullying Fact Sheet for Parents
Hand out this fact sheet at back-to-school nights, parent-teacher conferences and PTA meetings to help parents recognize whether their child is being bullied – or is demonstrating bullying behavior.

BullyingInfo.org
Tap this comprehensive website for resources and information including feature articles on cyberbullying and other topics, intervention strategies for adults and youths to prevent bullying, federal data and more.

Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
Find best practices about what works and what doesn’t, assessment tools, ideas for program development, key questions to guide bullying prevention efforts and case studies about lessons learned from schools in Colorado – all designed for schools, families and communities.

Bullying at School and Online: Quick Facts for Parents
Use this comprehensive publication to get better informed about bullying, learn spread-the-word strategies to end bullying, recognize the warning signs of bullying and understand cyberbullying.

Center for the Study of Prevention and Violence – University of Colorado – Boulder
Visit this site for bully prevention tips, a link to Colorado’s anti-bullying law, common myths about bullying, fact sheets and bullying characteristics. CSPV also has available school climate surveys free to Colorado schools.

Colorado Department of Education: Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Learn more about this program, which is designed to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools plus find a list of additional bullying prevention resources.

Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Explore this website offering a wealth of resources for educators and to learn more about the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s work with schools and communities to create safe and successful school environments for students.

Cyberbullying Research Center
Explore the Cyberbullying Research Center’s website for research, fact sheets, stories from students, presentations, blogs and videos about the nature, extent and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

EdNews Parent Colorado
Access background information, resources, tips and the latest news about issues affecting students, including bullying

Four Steps Schools Can Take to Address Anti-LGBT Bullying and Harassment
Learn more about four approaches that schools can put in place now to address anti-LGBT bullying and make schools safer for all students.

Healthy Youth Colorado
Find resources and information on a variety of youth-related topics, while also connecting statewide initiatives that promote the health and well-being of all Colorado youth between the ages of 10 and 25.

National Education Policy Center
Find policy recommendations to keep LGBTQ students safe in school from this brief, Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation.

Public Agenda
See Public Agenda’s 2010 survey about the prevalence of bullying in schools. Results show nearly 75 percent of Americans consider bullying a serious problem in their local public school.

Safe Space Kit
Use this kit – available both online and in print – to create a safe space for LGBTQ students in school with the help of step-by-step strategies and awareness-raising posters and stickers.

SAFE2TELL
Visit this site to learn how young people can anonymously report threatening behaviors or activities endangering them or someone they know.

Social and Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention
Review this online publication for strategies, research and suggestions to prevent bullying and promote better learning.

Stop Bullying Now!
Visit the Stop Bullying Now! campaign to find games and cartoon webisodes that educators and parents can use to help students understand what bullying is and how to stop it – including LGBTQ bullying.

Think B4 You Speak Campaign
Use this guide to foster student learning about the negative consequences of homophobic language and anti-LGBTQ bias. Middle and high school educators can use the activities sequentially or as stand-alone experiences in the classroom, as part of Gay-Straight Alliance meetings, with students in diversity clubs or as part of a school diversity day.

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Coordinated School Health

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance provides tool kits for PTA/PTO members and P.E. teachers on how to develop physical activity programs.

Action for Healthy Kids — Field Reports
Read inspiring success stories about how parent involvement results in healthier schools and students.

American School Health Association
Take a closer look at the leadership indicators for a coordinated approach to policies, practices and activities that impact student health and academic success.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development — Healthy School Communities
Discover a wealth of resources for building a healthy school, engaging your community, and assessing your school’s strengths and weaknesses.

Campaign for Educational Equity
Access Healthier Students are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reforms to Close the Achievement Gap, which shows how high-quality school health initiatives are part of the strategy to close achievement gaps.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Division of Adolescent and School Health
Check out four major strategies for promoting school health as well as success stories from the field.

Colorado Action for Healthy Kids — Parents are the Power! Tool Kit
Tap strategies in this tool kit designed especially for parents to create healthier school environments for their children.

Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools — 2010 Plan for Coordinated School Health
Read this publication for information and data that help make the connection between health and learning. You’ll also find a brief history of school health in Colorado and specific planning steps for coordinated school health.

Colorado Department of Education — Benefits of Coordinated School Health
Find evidence linking coordinated school health programs and academic achievement.

Colorado Department of Education — Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools
Check out this pilot program designed to strengthen coordination and support for healthy schools and build an infrastructure for sustainability in targeted Colorado school districts.

Colorado Department of Education — Local School Wellness Policy
See sample school wellness policies and read success stories from school districts in Colorado.

Fuel Up to Play 60
Help your students reach their full potential and your school implement its wellness policy. Fuel Up to Play 60 gives you dynamic tools to meet these goals and supports you as you make your school a healthier place.

JAM School Program
The JAM School Program is a free wellness resource for schools, designed to teach kids healthier lifestyle habits by bringing physical activity and health education into the classroom.

LiveWell Colorado
Discover how to develop a coordinated approach to school health as well as the latest data, helpful tools and other resources.

National Association of State Boards of Education — State School Healthy Policy Database
See laws from all 50 states and the District of Columbia regarding more than 40 different health topics, including a brief description of laws, legal codes, rules, regulations and mandates.

National School Boards Association — Addressing Wellness Policies 101
Find tools and resources to develop policies and read sample wellness policies in several states.

RMC Health — Roadmap to Healthy Schools
Use this step-by-step guide to put in place a coordinated school health program.

University of Colorado at Denver — Center for Culturally Responsive Urban Education
Explore resources for building culturally responsive partnerships and see action steps for leading transformation.

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Groups that Help

Here’s how select organizations are supporting health and wellness in Colorado schools:

Alliance for a Healthier Generation–Healthy Schools Program
Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity • Workplace Wellness
Offers free access to a wealth of resources and tools that will help schools become a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work. Easy-to-use online tools guide schools through the process of identifying their status as healthy schools and develop a customized action plan to make positive and healthy changes. Offers schools, parents and community members tips and tools that address before- and after-school activities, competitive foods and beverages, employee wellness, health education, physical education, physical activity, policy and school meals.
Most helpful for: community members, parents, school wellness councils and teachers

Colorado Association for School-based Health Care
School Health Services
Advocates for public and private funding to develop new health centers in schools and expand existing programs. Provides technical assistance to put in place a school-based health care model. Evaluates school health centers to improve the delivery of high-quality health services for students.

Most helpful for: Colorado education leaders; policymakers; and school-based health center administrators, partners and clinicians

Colorado Association of School Executives
Coordinated School Health

Provides grant writing assistance to school districts. Conducts a member survey about the current practices and attitudes regarding healthy schools. Conducts a series of in-depth member focus groups around the state regarding beliefs, challenges, current practices and desired levels of support related to making schools healthier. Integrates a health and wellness component into its two main CASE professional development events (including breakout session topics, speakers and event offerings). Builds awareness and knowledge among CASE members through communication, including “A CASE for Healthy Schools” e-newsletter and website. Upcoming: formation of CASE Health and Wellness Steering Committee, workshops for CASE members and possible grant writing assistance for districts.

Most helpful for: principals and superintendents

Colorado Children’s Campaign
Coordinated School Health • Health Insurance • Nutrition • Physical Activity

Conducts advocacy and policy work on two healthy schools issues. The first: ensuring that public schools are a venue for supporting children’s health and wellness through state and federal policies that increase access to nutritious food at schools; facilitating the adoption and implementation of effective school health and wellness policies and practices; and expanding coordinated school health services and opportunities for physical activity at schools. The second: expanding schools’ involvement in signing up Colorado children who are eligible for public health insurance programs. The Colorado Children’s Campaign also supports school- and community-based enrollment sites for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+).

Most helpful for: community members and policymakers

Colorado Department of Education–Nutrition Unit
Nutrition

Administers child nutrition programs, supports the School Food Authorities in providing safe and healthy meals and serves as an innovative resource for nutrition education and student wellness. Implements the following programs statewide: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Special Milk Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Afterschool Care Snack Program, HealthierUS Challenge and Summer Food Service Program. Provides nutrition education to professionals involved with the Federal Nutrition Assistance Program. Offers regional trainings and a statewide summer workshop.

Most helpful for: school food service directors and nutrition services staff

Colorado Department of Education–Prevention Initiatives
Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools
Coordinated School Health • Health Education • Physical Activity • School Health Services

Supports coordinated school health programs statewide in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Promotes Colorado’s Roadmap to Healthy Schools, a blueprint for coordinated school health. Distributes funding to schools and school districts for coordinated school health efforts. Provides workshops and technical assistance about state physical education and health standards; evidence-based curriculum; fitness assessments; care for students with chronic conditions, obesity or at risk of being overweight; parent engagement; and school-level policy reform.

Most helpful for: physical education teachers, school nurses, school staff and school district leaders

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment–Prevention Services Division–Child, Adolescent and School Health Unit
Coordinated School Health • School Health Services

Partners with schools and local communities to promote healthy school-age children and youth. Supports the coordinated school health model, access to health care through school-based health centers and school health services, and a positive youth development approach by providing technical assistance, training and resources.

Most helpful for: school-age children, adolescents and their families

Colorado Health Foundation
Coordinated School Health • Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity • School Health Services

Provides funding to expand the number of public schools and preschools that offer health and nutrition education, physical education, healthy foods, physical activity, school-based health centers, new health centers, and mental or dental health services. Lobbies for policies that support healthier students. Builds leadership in support of healthy schools. Produces The Colorado Health Report Card.

Most helpful for: nonprofit leaders, parents, policymakers, principals and superintendents

Colorado League of Charter Schools–CharterCHOICE Food Service Collaborative
Nutrition

Works on behalf of Charter School Food Authorities to provide schools with access to nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks as well as federal and state reimbursements to subsidize them. Provides participating schools with services and technical assistance to help them meet the requirements of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs as well as a venue to share ideas and increase awareness of the importance of building healthy schools.

Most helpful for: charter school leaders, charter school parents and legislators

Colorado Education Initaitive
Coordinated School Health • Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity • School Health Services • Workplace Wellness

Helps school districts and schools put health and wellness policies into action. Offers an online health and wellness best practices guide with strategies, resources and action steps. Hosts events and workshops to raise awareness and share best practices. Provides grants to school districts to support healthy schools policy. Coordinates the Commissioner’s Choice Awards to recognize school districts and schools that apply best practices and get results.

Most helpful for: community leaders, district and school administrators, parents and school board members

Colorado State-wide Parent Coalition
Coordinated School Health • Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity

Parent involvement is the key that opens the door for the children’s success in school. The Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition has worked to assure that parents are provided with the tools that they need to help their children be successful in school. They have developed a series of parent training modules and provide a statewide venue where parents come together and learn in a friendly non-threatening environment.

Donnell-Kay Foundation
Coordinated School Health • Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity

Restructures the education system – and its financial system – to enable schools to incorporate health and wellness. Focuses on policy that supports individual efforts, which in turn serve as models for efforts across Colorado. For example, supporting the expansion of Revolution Foods into Denver.

Most helpful for: advocates for healthy schools, parents, policymakers and school leaders

Get Smart Schools
Coordinated School Health • Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity • School Health Services

Helps new schools adopt comprehensive healthy schools policies and practices. Establishes comprehensive and measurable health standards for participating schools. Assists schools with healthy school assessments, planning and implementation. Provides regular updates and information about available resources and methods for accessing resources.

Most helpful for: school leaders, staff and parents of new, high-performing Colorado schools along the Front Range that serve low-income students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. At least 40 percent of a school’s student population is eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

Hunger Free Colorado
Nutrition

Advocates increasing participation in and improving programs that help ensure all Coloradans at risk for hunger get nutritious meals daily. Identifies gaps in service, streamlines the sharing of information and expertise, and expands successful programs. Leads the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in Colorado to increase participation in school breakfast and summer meal programs. Will publish a comprehensive five-year strategic plan in July 2010. Provides resources to the Colorado Department of Education, schools and nongovernmental organizations about federal nutrition programs and the emergency food distribution system.

Most helpful for: community members, faith community, principals, PTAs and PTOs, nonprofit leaders, school board members, service clubs, superintendents and teachers

LiveWell Colorado
Coordinated School Health • Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity

Supports the work of LiveWell communities in schools and school districts to promote coordinated school health efforts. Examples include Safe Routes, school gardens, physical activity programs and healthy food policies. Convenes stakeholders to discuss school food procurement. Hosts culinary boot camps for food service workers to refine their skills and experience cooked-from-scratch meal preparation techniques. Implements Go, Slow, Whoa at Laredo Elementary School in Aurora Public Schools to teach students how to make healthier food choices by identifying foods as belonging to one of three categories: Go foods, Slow foods and Whoa foods.

Most helpful for: community members, policymakers and school administrators

Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education–Healthy Schools Colorado Project
Coordinated School Health

Partners with the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to put in place coordinated school health statewide. Provides technical assistance and training to school district coordinated school health coordinators and school-level coordinated school health teams.

Most helpful for: school district and regional wellness coordinators; principals; and school wellness team members such as community partners, school food service directors, health teachers, parents, physical education teachers and school nurses.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition
Health Education • Nutrition • Physical Activity

We Can! is a movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children stay at a healthy weight.

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Health Education

Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools — Eight Components
Find out what the eight key components are for the coordinated school health model.

Colorado Department of Education — Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards
See state content standards that provide intentional opportunities to integrate and differentiate health and physical education concepts and skills.

Colorado Rural Health Center
With a mission to enhance healthcare services in the state by providing information, education, linkages, tools, and energy toward addressing rural health issues, the Colorado Rural Health Center would like to improve healthcare services available in rural communities to ensure that all rural Coloradans have access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality healthcare.

The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance
The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance is a statewide coalition of community-based organizations representing educators, health care providers, local health departments, parents and individuals who are working to improve and increase access to quality and complete sexual health education, resources and services for youth across Colorado.

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Nutrition

Action for Healthy Kids — Colorado Profile
Visit this website for data about obesity and physical education, and to learn how Colorado compares to other states when it comes to state policy affecting student health and nutrition.

American Association of School Administrators
Discover a wealth of resources for district administrators focused on childhood obesity and healthy school environments, including a checklist for wellness and informative newsletters featuring school districts that are making positive program and policy changes in healthy eating and active living.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Find out about effective practices and policies to improve school foods and beverages.

Children’s Health Foundation
Learn how five Colorado middle schools removed unhealthy a la carte options for more healthy options and the impact of this decision on their school budgets.

Colorado Department of Education — Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards
View state content standards that provide intentional opportunities to integrate and differentiate health and physical education concepts and skills.

Colorado Farm to School
Farm to school programs connect K-12 schools with local growers of fruit, vegetables and other fresh produce. The goal of farm to school programs is to improve student nutrition, encourage health, nutrition, and food supply education, and support local and regional farmers.

EdNews Parent Colorado
Access news, tip sheets and background information on the most talked about issues affecting students, including healthy schools.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – New USDA Meal Patterns
USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which will help us raise a healthier generation of children. The new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools.

Leadership for Healthy Communities — Action Strategies Tool Kit
Use the strategies in this comprehensive tool kit to develop policies for quality nutrition in schools.

Let’s Move!
Learn more about the Let’s Move! campaign started by First Lady Michelle Obama. Its goal is to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

National Association of State Boards of Education — Preventing Childhood Obesity
Use the information in this easy-to-read guide to develop integrated policies in nutrition, physical activity and health education.

School Nutrition Association
Check out the latest trends and issues affecting school nutrition.

School Wellness Resource Kit
Coalition for Activity and Nutrition to Defeat Obesity (CanDo) offers this resource online, which includes a handout on active classrooms.

U.S. Department of Agriculture — HealthierUS School Challenge
Discover what it takes to certify your school as part of the HealthierUS School Challenge by promoting good nutrition and physical activity as well as a wealth of resources to help you complete your application.

U.S. Department of Agriculture — MyPyramid For Kids
Find classroom materials, interactive games, coloring pages and worksheets about nutrition for kids ages 6-11 as well as parent tips.

U.S. Department of Agriculture — Team Nutrition
Learn more about how to build an integrated plan for promoting nutritional health, including how to involve schools, parents and the community in improving school meals and promoting health.

Virtual Lunch Box
Visit the virtual lunch box online for strategies school and district leaders can use to create healthier meals for students and staff that are grown locally and prepared from scratch.

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Physical Activity

AAA State of Play – How-to Playground Games
If you’re looking for activities and games to enjoy in the great outdoors, there are literally hundreds of possibilities. This website provides a list of links that will help you in your quest for outdoor activities to explore. A variety of traditional games, new twists on old games, international children’s games, and brain-stimulating activities have been included.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation — Healthy Schools
Garner information and resources to increase opportunities for students to exercise and eat healthier foods as well as resources for teachers and staff to become healthy role models.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Help kids from tough neighborhoods stay out of trouble, stay in school and succeed in life. Young people come to the Clubs to learn, develop social skills, express themselves creatively and participate in sports.

Colorado Children’s Campaign
Access the report School Wellness in Colorado: Findings from a Survey of Large School Districts for options at the local, state and federal levels that promote physical education and nutrition in schools.

Colorado Department of Education — Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards
See state content standards that provide intentional opportunities to integrate and differentiate health and physical education concepts and skills.

Coordinated Approach to Child Health
View information about an evidence-based coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices — plus resources, tips and training.

National Association of Sport and Physical Education
View resources to assist schools in implementing each of the types of physical activity enumerated in HB11-1069.

Peaceful Playgrounds
Find resources to support effective physical activity at school including suggested discipline alternatives to taking away recess.

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School Health Services

Campaign for Educational Equity
See Healthier Students are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reforms to Close the Achievement Gap, which shows how high-quality school health initiatives are part of the strategy to close achievement gaps.

Colorado Association for School-based Health Care
Learn how school-based health clinics work, and check out the resources page for more local and national links.

Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools (CCHS)
Supporting statewide infrastructure and systems to promote healthy schools through policy, surveillance and partnerships and is managed through an interagency partnership between CDE and CDPHE.

National Association of School Nurses
Visit this website’s policy and advocacy section for information about why school nurses are so critical to healthy schools.

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Workplace Wellness

Alliance for a Healthier Generation — Employee Wellness
See practical strategies for developing an employee wellness plan.

School Employee Wellness
Visit this website to download School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation’s Schools. This comprehensive guide provides information, practical tools and resources for the development of school employee wellness programs.

WELCOA
Find out how to build and sustain results-oriented workplace wellness programs.

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