The following organizations offer a wealth of information related to schools and wellness. Whether you are looking for up to date news, grant opportunities, background/research, or best practices guides, these online resources will provide you with the information and contacts that you need.
American Association of School Administrators: Poor indoor air quality can pose major risks to students and affect their ability to concentrate in class. This website offers resources, technical assistance, tips, training opportunities and more – all generated from AASA’s indoor air quality initiative, which began in 1995, to support school leaders committed to creating healthy school environments.
American Cancer Society: This organization has been in existence since 1913. Its mission is "To save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back." The ACS understands the importance of teaching healthy lifestyle habits at an early age. Their website has a section dedicated to Healthy Schools, including research, a Body Mass Index calculator, sun safety tips, smoking cessation tips, and information about Coordinated School Health.
American Community Gardening Association: The mission of the American Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Their website includes training, resources, and opportunities to network with community partners and gardens in your area. If you are looking to get involved with an existing community garden or would like to know how to get one started, this is a great place to begin.
American Diabetes Association: National organization, founded in 1940, that aims to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
American School Health Association: This website includes learning opportunities to enable administrators and staff to create effective school health strategies that result in improved wellness and academic performance. The ASHA provides fellowship and scholarship opportunities, hosts annual conferences, and provides continuing education courses for its members.
Children' Health Foundation: An Aspen-based organization focused on nurturing smarter, healthier kids. Projects include improving school lunches, training staff and kids to cook from scratch, and sharing the message of healthier school lunches with school administrators.
Colorado Action for Healthy Kids: Action for Healthy Kids is one of the leading nonprofit organizations fighting child obesity and undernourishment. One key attribute of this organization is their strong connection with parents. The organization hosts parent roundtable discussions throughout the year to discuss how to create a healthy school environment, and they have a large group of parent school Health Advocates. Currently their focus is on collaborating with schools that lack facilities, resources and expertise to provide students with opportunities to eat right and be active at school so they are ready to learn.
Colorado Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (COAPHERD): This nonprofit organization, comprised of approximately 700 members, provides professional development and advocacy for educators and college students. Visit their website for information on physical activity programs (such as Jump Rope for Heart), and the most current news related to physical fitness/activity standards in the state.
Colorado Children's Campaign: This nonprofit organization advocates for all children of Colorado so that they have access to (1) high quality health care, healthy foods, and environments (2) high quality early childhoodcare and education and (3) high quality K-12 education. Lifting children out of poverty and ensuring that they are healthy, safe, and ready to learn is a driving force of Colorado Children's Campaign.
Colorado Department of Education: Packed with step-by-step tips for creating a healthy school, this website offers best practices, training opportunities, success stories, partnerships and resources.
Colorado Health Foundation: the Colorado Health Foundation's vision is for Colorado to become the healthiest state in the nation. With childhood obesity on the rise faster than almost any other state, they certainly have a large task before them. The Foundation provides grant opportunities three times a year under the categories of Health Care, Healthy Living, and Heath Coverage. In addition, Colorado Health Foundation creates an excellent, in-depth annual Health Report Card.
Colorado Legacy Foundation: The site, designed in part for district and school administrators, offers a wealth of practical tools, data, best practices and information in six health-related areas: bullying prevention, nutrition, physical activity, health education, school health services and workplace wellness.
Colorado School Safety Resource Center: The CSSRC provides free consultation, resources, training, and technical assistance to foster safe and secure learning environments, positive school climates, and early intervention to prevent crisis situations.
Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition: We offer training programs to parents and school personnel and community members who are interested in making a difference in closing the academic achievement gap, reduce the dropout rates and increase graduation rates. Annual parent's conference; parent leadership training, and programs that teach parents how to be more actively engaged in their student's education.
Cook for America: this organization is comprised of very dedicated and talented team of chefs and consultants, whose goal is to transform school food service personnel into "skilled and passionate professional culinarians." Cook for America offers fee-based Chef Instructor Training, Culinary Boot Camp, Jr Chef programs, and consulting for school administrators and nutrition services directors as they embark on the process of transforming "heart and serve" meals from a box to healthy, prepared meals in schools. Locally, they are currently working on the Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy School Meals Project.
EdNews Colorado:Timely, in-depth articles are posted regularly to this comprehensive online news site. An entire section is devoted to health and wellness.
EdNews Parent Colorado: Looking for ways to engage parents and deepen their understanding of health and wellness in schools? This parent-friendly site has topics ranging from nutrition to physical activity to “ask an expert” about health-related issues.
Go Slow Whoa: LiveWell Colorado, KMGH Channel 7, and Aurora Public Schools have joined together on a healthy eating education program called "Go Slow Whoa." The program was developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to help students and families understand which foods are the healthiest and can be eaten liberally (GO); which ones are higher in fat or added sugars and should be eaten more cautiously (SLOW), and which ones should be avoided entirely (WHOA) – such as fried foods and sugary sodas. In addition to information about this initiative, you will find many articles, videos, and tips on student health at the national and local level.
Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center: tools, research, sample curricula, teacher training materials, and projects related to improving the health of students in school.
Healthy Youth Colorado: mental health, physical activity and nutrition, oral health, tobacco use and cessation; Colorado Department of Health and Environment Welcome to Colorado’s clearinghouse for ‘all things adolescent health.’ This site has been developed to provide 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.
Joint Use: This California-based organization teaches community organizations to come together so that children and adults have space to be active. Examples of different entities coming together include a school and a city or private organization , sharing gymnasiums, athletic fields and playgrounds. The website includes several "how-to" documents, a discussion board, toolkits, sample letters, and more. In addition, there is an extensive library of reports on issues researched by the Foundation.
Let's Move! Let's Move!: First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative, with the goal of solving the obesity problem within a generation. The website includes nutrition and physical activity facts and tips; steps for success for parents, schools, and the community members; links to parks and nature sites near your home; blog; photos; and many useful resources.
LiveWell Colorado: This website helps administrators, teachers and students create a school environment that positively impacts the health of Colorado’s kids. Find resources, data and tools for coordinated school health programming.
Model School Wellness Policies: This website is dedicated to education on and creation of school wellness policies. It was developed by the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity.
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity: NANA advocates for federal policies that help Americans eat better and move more. Most recently they have played a key role in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act which will result in healthier school meals across the nation.
National Assembly of School-Based Health Care: NASBHC believes that in order for a child to succeed in school, they first must be healthy. To that end, this organization is dedicated to expanding the footprint of school-based health care clinics. Visit their website for information on Colorado-specific policies; national legislation; and how Health Care Reform may affect the delivery of health care to our students.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education: NASPE is primarily an organization that provides professional development for sports and physical education professionals. Their website, however, contains research, information on state and national standards for PE and physical activity, and an advocacy toolkit that are great resources for any parent, teacher, board member, administrator, or other individual who wants to gain an understanding of the importance of physical education in school. This is a great place to look when you are editing or creating a school or district wellness policy.
National Center for Bicycling and Walking: NCBW's mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. Find a list of resources, sign up for their newsletter, or register for a workshop.
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research: NCCOR is a public-private partnership that works with such organizations as the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of childhood obesity research. Projects include a Healthy Communities Study, Food Marketing Research Roundtable, Let's Move! Childcare Checklist, etc.
National Farm to School Network: This network connects schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.
National School Boards Association: The National School Boards Association’s School Health Programs department offers a volume of resources for educators including promising practices, School Health 101 packets, and resources about childhood obesity and school nutrition.
Nutrition Secrets: Article: 15 Foods You Wouldn't Expect to Have Dangerous Amounts of Sugar.
Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education: Want to learn more about how to implement a comprehensive school health program? The Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education offers information and hands-on training to help you get started or take your existing program to the next level.
School Employee Wellness: This comprehensive online guide provides information, practical tools and resources for school employee wellness programs. School leaders can tap the resources at this site to develop employee wellness programs that promote good health and workforce productivity as well as reduce the costs of employee absenteeism and health care.
School Nutrition Association: Excellent resource for all things related to school nutrition. Although there is an option for membership, non-members have access to hundreds of articles, newsreleases, how-to guides (such as "Thinking about partnering with a Chef in 2012?" and "Marketing 101: Build a Better Marketing Plan and Connect with the Kids in Your Schools!"). The site lists opportunities for grants, jobs, internships, continuing education, and professional development.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Created by the founder of Johnson & Johnson (Robert Wood Johson II), the Foundation is exclusively dedicated to the health and health care of Americans. RWJF provides funding for projects in the areas of childhood obesity, health care coverage, public health, and more. The website contains an extensive library that showcases the research the Foundation has undertaken since its establishment in 1968.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This website provides legislative updates, sample menus, links to MyPlate (the new "food pyramid"), and other tools. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, schools participating in the National Lunch Program will begin to see healthy changes to school meals, such as more whole grains, a fruit AND a vegetable offered at each lunch, reduced sodium, and more.
Wellness Council of America: WELCOA is a national non-profit organization focused on improving the health and well-being of working Americans. Website includes case studies, webinar and other training opportunities, checklists and support for creating healthy workspaces, and more.
Women's Sports Foundation: Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. A library of reports on topics like sports and health, or the link between sports and self esteem / positive self image for girls and women; tips for getting active; grants.