Resources for Healthy Schools

Building support for school wellness

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
This Health and Academics section describes how academic achievement of America's youth is strongly linked with their health.

Child Health Data for State of Michigan
Access a one- page factsheet on child health in MI

Michigan Department of Education
Find approved Board model policies addressing school health and safety.

Creating wellness teams and school wellness policies

Action for Healthy Kids
Find tools and resources for creating a successful wellness program in your school, including building a wellness team and assessing and tracking progress on action plans and policies.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Get guidance on creating and evaluating school wellness councils and wellness policies.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Find tips for how schools can implement coordinated school health.

Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school to eat healthier and move more.

Michigan Health Tools
Michigan Health Tools are resources for schools and school districts to assess and identify ways to create healthier school environments, apply for school wellness awards and share and explore school success stories.

Wellness School Assessment Tool
The WellSAT is a tool to assess district wellness policies. Users are provided with personalized guidance and resources for making improvements, based on the assessment.

Offering healthy foods and beverages

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Find resources and ideas for healthy foods and beverages to be used for snacks, fundraisers, celebrations as well as non-food rewards. The site includes the Alliance Product Calculator to determine if an item meets the Smart Snacks guidelines.

Michigan Nutrition Standards Toolkit
This is a toolkit for teachers, administrators, parents, school nurses, and community members to improve the health of students and the nutrition environment of the school. Find ideas for healthy snacks, class parties, rewards, fundraising and concessions.

Smarter Lunchrooms
Get tips for creating lunchrooms that promote healthy eating

Team Nutrition
Access the HealthierUS School Challenge, find helpful information on wellness policies, and connect to a Best Practices sharing center as well as a healthier school day toolkit.

Creating more opportunities for physical activity

All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES)
This is an international celebration of health that takes place on the first Wednesday in May. Visit the site to register your school and find ideas for organizing your event.

American Heart Association
This is a PDF document with a brief explanation of 135 different physical activity ideas for elementary and secondary school students.

The Colorado Education Initiative
This is a comprehensive guide that includes sections on tips for success, school-wide ideas for physical activity, classroom physical activity break activity cards and online resources.

Fit for a Healthier Generation
Find a video collection from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation that is filled with 3-5 minute videos created by fitness celebrities and designed to get students, families, and teams moving for a quick and effective physical activity break.

Fuel Up to Play 60
Access three to five minute In-school activity ideas that can be used in the classroom

Middle School Energizers
Find 10-minute classroom-based physical activity for core curriculum.

Move to Learn
This website provides videos for physical activity breaks, a link to content specific lesson plans which incorporate physical activity, and a link to move to learn songs for students to exercise to.

PE Central
This website provides About 10 quick and easy videos of physical activity break ideas.

Screen Free Week
This is an international celebration in May where children, families, schools and communities spend seven days turning off digital entertainment. Find promotional materials as well as an organizer's kit on this site.

Walk and Bike to School Days
Walk to School Day is an annual national event in October and Bike to School Day is in May. Both events are aimed at creating safer and more accessible streets.