Solutions: Improving Quality of School Wellness Policies
January 4, 2010
A Healthy Kids Challenge view of the quality issues schools encounter when it comes to wellness…and one of our simple, every day, evidence based solutions.
What schools tell us:
We don’t have a wellness team.
We had a wellness team to develop the policy, but it hasn’t met since then.
We have one staff member who takes care of all of the wellness stuff.
We don’t have a budget for this.
Inconsistent QUALITY and weak language make up most school districts’ wellness policies. Most include only general goals and no specific guidelines or requirements for taking action.
Solution: Get people on board – Recruit a KidLinkTM* team.
We know parents, teachers, and community members are very interested in wellness – the key is to find them and highlight the benefits –the win/wins-of forming a KidLinkTM team.
A KidLinkTM team = A best practice.
- It provides a foundation for communication, support, and collaboration.
- No one person gets “burned out” with the responsibillity for ALL school wellness policies.
- A team of diverse members can improve the quality of the wellness policies with very little time and effort.
*People who can help kids make healthy eating and physical activity choices a habit.