Moving Schools from Policy into Action
December 21, 2009
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) research recently identified the majority of federally mandated local school wellness policies are failing to provide healthy school environments. Healthy Kids Challenge has said for years the key is it has to be about more than a policy and a mandate. To have successful outcomes, you have to have simple, inexpensive and easy-to-implement solutions that include health as part of each and every school day.
“Healthy school environments help to create healthy students who are ready to learn and succeed. Where we live, work, learn and play has a tremendous impact on how healthy we are.” Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of RWJF, from testimony at a Congressional Hearing on Childhood Obesity, Dec. 16th, 2009.
We have a successful history of helping schools implement meaningful wellness actions even before the wellness policies were mandated. Just having a policy for eating healthier or moving more is not enough.
Our major initiative now is to help move schools from policy into action.
We offer two innovative solutions – one is self-guided and the other is guided by our school challenge coaches. Both help you take action, garner support, and achieve the goals in your wellness policies.
These materials can be found at www.healthykidschallenge.org
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