An integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students.
Families need to be full partners in their children's education, including their healthy development. As their children's primary teachers they can model healthy behaviors, reinforce lessons learned at school and encourage their children to participate in activities that can help them stay healthy. For example, they can encourage good nutrition and physical activity habits by limiting television viewing, keeping fresh fruit and other healthy foods as snacks, and taking walks as a family. When screenings at school identify conditions that need attention, family members can cooperate with physical and mental health services providers and arrange for children to get to appointments when necessary. Take the time to learn more about the school's health activities and find out ways to become involved or support them. Parents know what students need; their participation on school health advisory councils is essential.
Visit the National PTA Web site http://www.pta.org to learn more about supporting health and safety in schools