Schools

Healthy Northland helps create health where we live, work, learn and play.

Schools are increasingly seeing the benefits of a comprehensive wellness policy that supports a healthy school environment. Research clearly demonstrates that attendance and academic performance are closely linked to good nutrition and physical activity; simply put healthy active kids learn better.

Many schools are taking a comprehensive look at the following steps and strategies:

Healthy Eatingradish
Increase access and availability of healthy food in schools through the following activities:
☐ Working on engagement or assessment, activities to be determined
☐ Farm to School
☐ School-based agriculture
☐ Healthy snacks outside of the school day through vending, concessions, school stores or snack carts
☐ Healthy snacks during the school day through celebrations, special events or non-food rewards
☐ Smarter Lunchroom techniques through such behavioral economic activities including, but not limited to competitive pricing, product enhancements

Active Living
Increase availability of physical activity in schools through:
☐ Working on engagement or assessment, activities to be determined
☐ Quality Physical Education (curriculum review, new physical education content, lengthening classes)
☐ Active recess
☐ Active classrooms
☐ Before and/or after school through physical activity opportunities (intramurals, physical activity clubs, integration with school child-care, offering open gym opportunities)
☐ Safe Routes to School (walking school bus, Walk!Bike!Fun! curriculum, walking and biking route plans).

Contact your local Statewide Health Improvement Partnership coordinator to learn more.