Solutions: Finding Resources for School Wellness Policies
January 11, 2010
A Healthy Kids Challenge view of lack of resources when it comes to wellness…and one of our simple, every day, evidence based solutions.
What schools tell us:
We don’t have enough money.
We don’t have enough time.
We don’t have enough staff.
We don’t have enough teaching resources/equipment.
Only 5% of students are in a district with funding to support implementation.
87% of school districts identified lack of funding (44%) as a major barrier, as well as lack of time & labor (43%) as barriers to implementing their wellness policies.
The federal law currently provides no funding for implementation of local school wellness policies.
Solution: Use a “Start Where You Are” approach!
“Start Where You Are” builds on what already exists. Heard the saying “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”?
There is no one perfect healthy school and even the model schools had to start somewhere! You need to know what you have first so that your actions are effective.
Start with assessing your needs, including existence or lack of money, time, staff and equipment. Then use our tools and expertise to take healthy action with what already exists. Will your KidLink TeamTM choose to focus on increasing physical activity, improving nutrition education, or enhancing healthy food choices at school?
Enhancing What Exists = A Best Practice
It saves a good deal of time and money because you are not “reinventing the wheel”.
Simple, every day changes are easiest to implement and more likely to last long term.