The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has recently unveiled their Healthy Schools Program to help schools make the most of using the new USDA Dietary Standards to create a healthier generation. It looks like a great tool for school food service workers, dietitians, teacher, parents – anyone interested in good nutrition for kids. One of the things we really like about the program is that the Healthy Schools Program isn’t just about “more fruits and veggies or jumping jacks during recess” for students. It is a holistic approach that involves everyone…
Our approach creates steps to not only get students eating healthy but to teach them why they’re eating healthy; to get students active but also show them how to stay active for a lifetime; and to get teachers to teach health while staying healthy themselves.
The Healthy Schools Program focuses on students, parents and school staff to determine what we all can do to achieve a common goal, one healthy school.
They have been working with the American Heart Association to create a series of free tools to support their 6 Step Process:
- Build Support: Create a School Wellness Council, a group of people who are passionate about the health of your students, who will support your efforts
- Assess Your School: Healthy Schools Program has a free online inventory program to help you assess your school
- Develop Your Action Plan: Create a road map for improvement
- Explore Resources: Healthy Schools Program maintains a database of tools to help you find what you need at each stage of your action plan
- Take Action: Create, save and store your plan online to track your progress and connect with experts who can help you get to the next stage
- Celebrate Success: Healthy Schools Program offers three levels of recognition: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, which are awarded to schools that meet our benchmarks for school wellness.
It’s a great series of tools to support the processes that you already have in place in your lunchroom. One of our favorite steps is the idea of the School Wellness Council. What a great opportunity to get teachers and parents involved in developing a nutrition education plan for kids.