Time Pegs to Raise Awareness
Special dates throughout the school year can help you promote everything from the importance of participating in school breakfasts to encouraging students to avoid tobacco. Consider using these time pegs for school and district newsletter articles, to post on your website, or to share at your next PTA or school accountability meeting. To see a complete listing of wellness observance days, click here.
Healthy Weight Week
The focus of this week is on developing healthy eating habits - not dieting - in order to maintain a healthy weight for life.
American Heart Month
Tips on stress management, nutrition, and exercise, all aimed at improving your heart health.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Information on how to promote girls participation in sports, including event ideas, certificates, Community Action Kit, and more.
National Nutrition Month – March
Focuses on making wise food choices and developing ongoing physical activity.
Kick Butts Day – March 21
Encourage young people to avoid tobacco.
National Healthy Schools Day – April*
Promote healthy and green school environments.
*National Healthy Schools Day falls on the first day of School Building Week.
Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Advocate for greater physical activity among students and staff, both in and out of the classroom.
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 3
Raise awareness about the importance of meeting children’s mental health needs and how these efforts improve outcomes for kids in schools.
Celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week
Educate staff and students about food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition.
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Help address the obesity epidemic affecting millions of children by promoting a healthier lifestyle, better eating habits and good nutrition.
National Food Safety Education Month
Help educate families about the hours of food preparation and training by food service staff to make sure cafeteria food is safe for students.
Stop Bullying Month
Colorado Legacy Foundation has taken up anti-bullying as one of their key initiatives. Learn how you can put together an assembly or draw attention to the serious need to prevent and stop bullying.
International Walk to School Day
Promote walking or cycling! to school. Web resources include tips on planning a walk to school event in just seven days; a "walkability" checklist, and learn how to make walking to school part of every day, not just once a year.
American Diabetes Month
Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as "adult onset diabetes," is on the rise in U.S. children. This month aims to create awareness around how Type 2 diabetes can be controlled and reversed; recognizing the warning signs of diabetes; and understanding diagnosis and care plans.
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
This website provides tips for how to purchase safe toys - especially important during this busy season of gift-giving!