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Local Wellness Policy

Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. This effort represents a response to our nation's epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished children and adolescents. Healthy schools produce healthy students - and healthy students are better able to learn and achieve their true potential.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, provides resources for schools to create environments that support healthy eating and physical activity for students.

American School Health Association
The mission of the American School Health Association (ASHA) is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth.

Bridging the Gap – Research Informing Policies and Practices for Healthy Youth
The Local Wellness Policies: School District Strategies for Improving Children’s Health report presents data on the most comprehensive review of school district wellness policies conducted to date. Researchers evaluated policies related to nutrition education, school meals, competitive food and beverage guidelines, physical activity, physical education, food and beverage marketing in schools, and evaluation strategies for the school years 2006-07 and 2007-08, the first two years of the wellness policy requirement.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) provides data, health resources and assessment tools to help prevent the most serious health risks among children, adolescents and young adults.

Find Youth Info
This Web site offers Federally-developed interactive tools and other resources to help community organizations and partnerships in efforts to support youth. Included are tools and resources to assist in forming effective partnerships, assessing community assets, understanding risk factors and protective factors, generating maps of local and Federal resources, and searching for evidence-based youth programs.

Fuel Up to Play 60
The National Dairy Council has partnered with the National Football League to help students eat right and stay active with Fuel Up to Play 60. Schools using the student-led Fuel Up to Play 60 program can help inspire kids to "get up and play" for 60 minutes a day and to "fuel up" with the nutrient rich foods.

Leadership for Healthy Communities
Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating and access to healthy foods. The Action Strategies Toolkit provides examples of policy approaches to improve children's health such as increasing access to parks and recreation centers and offering healthier foods in schools.

National Association of State Boards of Education
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is the national private association representing all state and territorial boards of education. NASBE's goal is to encourage safe, healthy, and nurturing school environments for all of the nation's children and youth.

National School Boards Association
The School Health Programs department supports the commitment of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to help school policymakers and educators make informed decisions about health issues affecting the academic achievement and healthy development of students and the effective operation of schools.

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) advocates for national policies and programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity to help reduce the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths, and costs caused by diet- and inactivity-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. The Web site offers model nutrition and physical activity policies.

N.C. Action for Healthy Kids
The mission of North Carolina Action for Healthy Kids (NCAFHK) is to improve children's nutrition and physical activity in schools by collaborating with diverse stakeholders in advocating, promoting and implementing national and state initiatives. NCAFHK’s primary work focuses on implementing Local Wellness Policies in North Carolina schools through the implementation of the Successful Students Eat Smart and Move More campaign.

N.C. Communities in Schools
North Carolina Communities in Schools (CIS) helps kids stay in school and prepare for life. Visit the Web site for resources, newsletters and upcoming events.

NCDPI Child Nutrition Services
The Child Nutrition Services section in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides wellness policy training, technical assistance and monitoring for Local Education Agencies (LEAs).

N.C. Healthy Schools
The goal of North Carolina Healthy Schools is to create a working infrastructure between education and health to enable schools and communities to create a coordinated school health program (CSHP). N.C. Healthy Schools provides resources, tools and policies that support a CSHP.

N.C. Parent Teacher Association
The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (PTA) works to encourage parent and public involvement in the schools.

School Health Index
The School Health Index (SHI), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a detailed self-assessment that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. The assessment addresses physical activity, nutrition, tobacco prevention needs and safety-related behaviors.

School Nutrition Association
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, nonprofit professional organization that works to ensure all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education. They provide guidelines to use when creating local wellness policies for school districts, a report summarizing the characteristics of the wellness policies approved by the 100 largest school districts in the country, a second report examining local wellness policies approved by a wide variety of school districts in 49 states, and frequently asked questions and answers.

USDA School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires all local educational agencies participating in federal Child Nutrition programs to establish and implement, for all schools under its jurisdiction, local school wellness policies that meet minimum standards designed to promote sound nutrition, student health, reduce childhood obesity, and provide transparency to the public on the school nutrition environment. This USDA website is dedicated to helping local educational agencies find the resources they need to meet the wellness policy requirements.

USDA Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service to support Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. The Web site contains local wellness policy requirements, sample wellness policies, implementation and evaluation tools and resources and frequently asked questions and answers.

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