Supporting School Health
First and foremost, you have great influence on your child’s health, as a provider of healthy meals, as a role model for regular physical activity and leading a smoke free life. But parents and caregivers cannot do it alone - help is needed from communities and schools to educate and reinforce healthy lifestyles so children can grow up to be healthy adults. Your voice of support can have great influence on decision that communities and schools make that can impact the health of your child.
Resources and Links
The American Cancer Society has created a list of tips on what you can do at home, in your community, and in your school to be an advocate for the health of your child. How Can YOU be Involved (PDF)
National PTA is committed to building healthy families and healthy communities, and believes we all have an important role to play in making sure parents, schools, and communities have the support and resources they need. This link will take you to their resources for helping parents develop a healthy school environment. http://www.pta.org/
The Communities and Schools Promoting Health web site is not only a great place to find information on coordinated school health, it has step-by-step instructions and tools on how to develop policy. http://www.safehealthyschools.org/
Studies show that Parent Involvement in schools is key to student success. This link gives you a variety of ways parents can be involved across all grade levels, from the principal’s perspective. Education World