Supporting School Health
If you are an educator or school administrator you already know that schools have an important role to play, together with parents and communities to support the health of children and youth. Health instruction and other health related programs give students the information and skills they need to lead healthy lives. In addition, healthy school policies and a healthy school environment can offer students the opportunity to practice and engage in healthy behaviors, like choosing healthy foods and being physically active.
Resources and Links
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has compiled a list of state school health policies on a variety of topics. You can search by topic or state. Federal policy information is also accessible.
Visit NASBE, Center for Safe and Healthy Schools.
NASBE also has examples of what good school health policy should look like. Click here for publications, articles, policy briefs, sample policies and additional resources/links: NASBE, Healthy Schools.
The National School Board Association (NSBA) has many resources on school health policy, including information on wellness policies. However, many of these resources have to be ordered from NSBA. Visit NSBA.
This American Association of School Administrators publication School Governance & Leadership 2006 issue focuses on school policy and practice in combating childhood obesity and discusses how districts can encourage healthy eating and active living within the school environment. The publication is available for download from AASA's Web site:
American Association of School Administrators. You will also find other links to Web sites that have more resources on policy development.