Health is impacted by where we live, learn, work, and play. For kids, that means their school environment has a large influence on their overall health. Healthy kids learn better, and all kids should be given that opportunity.
Organized by Action for Healthy Kids, Every Kid Healthy™ Week helps to recognize the efforts of schools throughout the nation to improve the health and well-being of their students through sound nutrition, physical activity and other programs that support healthy living.
There are many ways to get involved and support these efforts. A simple way to show your support is by taking the pledge to help fight against childhood obesity and encouraging others to do so as well. Some other ideas include:
- Volunteering at a school: Schools can always use passionate volunteers who bring a new set of skills to the table. If you have an interest in healthy eating and active living, donate some of your time to a local school and share your passion to help support kids in living a healthier lifestyle.
- Hosting an event at a school: Hosting an event at a school is a great way to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Some ideas may include a walk-a-thon, fitness related classes and creating a school garden.
Would you like to hold an event at your school but could use some additional ideas? Check out the Every Kid Healthy Week Events Calendar to see what other schools throughout the country are doing. You can also read some recent success stories to see what a few other schools did and the positive impact that it had on their children and community.
Action for Health Kids also has a strong network of volunteers in every state that can help with policies, systems, and environmental changes that can improve student health and wellness. Check out the Wellness Policy Tool for help in designing a local wellness policy that meets the unique goals of your school district in order to advance student health.
For additional resources and ideas for how you and your local school can get involved, check out the Partnering4Health grab-and-go packet and the Resources to Create Change from Action for Healthy Kids.
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