Healthy kids learn better! Research shows important links between physical activity, healthy eating, and academic performance. Schools and families play an important role in helping our kids eat well, stay active, and do well in school!
CanDo partners with Thompson and Poudre School Districts to promote wellness through mini-grant opportunities, technical assistance, advocacy, and the provision of resources on healthy eating and active living. CanDo encourages schools to use the Coordinated School Health Model to work towards building a healthy school environment for students, staff, and families.
Click on the School Wellness Resource Kit below to download the resources you need to create a healthy school environment.
Coordinated School Health
The Coordinated School Health Model is a collaborative effort between 8 important components of school wellness:
All 8 components work together to create a healthy learning environment. Learn more about Coordinated School Health here.
CSH Team Resources
Use the School Wellness Resource Kit and the 6 Steps to School Wellness to help you begin a wellness initiative at your school!
Local School Wellness Teams
Poudre School District
CanDo partners with PSD’s student wellness program to support over 33 school wellness teams.
Thompson School District
CanDo partners with TSD’s student wellness program to support over 15 school wellness teams.
Resources & Quick Links
For Schools & Classrooms
From Healthy Kids Club:
Contact Laurie Zenner, HKC Manager at 495-7511 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What’s Happening to PE?
Given the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and the link between physical activity and academic performance, parents and schools must work together to make daily physical education a priority in our schools.
Currently in Poudre School District, elementary school students on average experience only 51 minutes of PE a week, compared to the national recommendation of 150 minutes per week. At the secondary level only 1 semester of PE is required compared to the national recommendation of 225 minutes per week. To learn more about the importance of PE please read: PE Advocacy
On November 2nd 2010, voters in Larimer County passed issues 3A and 3B, increasing local funds for the Poudre School District. Among the eligible categories for funding are both “wellness” and “whole child” (meaning art, music, PE, etc.). This is a historical event as no other Colorado school district has ever allocated mill levy funds for physical education! As principals prepare their 2011-2012 budgets, they will determine what is implemented at each school with mill levy funds.
Principals need to hear from their parent communities that physical education and wellness are important to them. Funds can be used to reinstate previously cut PE positions(the majority of elementary schools are down to one day per week of PE!). Please talk to your principal about increasing PE and encourage other parents to do so. For a list of talking points and rationale for increasing PE, click here.
Contact Deirdre Sullivan at 495-7519 or email@example.com for more information on ways you can support PE and health improvements in our schools.