By John Henry Ledwith | August 12, 2014
Physical activity and good nutrition benefit student learning and academic success. The start of the school year is an ideal time to think about how your school supports healthy nutrition and physical activity.
A number of programs are helping schools build healthier kids and more successful students.
ETR applauds the work of initiatives such as Let’s Move, grant programs such as the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, and organizations such as Alliance for a Healthier Generation, along with their Healthy Schools Program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Other organizations offer a chance to convene locally and nationally, interact with colleagues and expand expertise. We look to Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), American School Health Association (ASHA), and SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators, for such opportunities.
These programs and organizations help teachers and schools find support and resources, develop sustainability, and join a national community of educators working to give students the advantages that come with better health practices.
ETR’s comprehensive health education program, HealthSmart, has exemplary units on Nutrition and Physical Activity. The materials are written to meet a variety of national and state standards, and align with the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). These components can augment and complement a wide range of classroom and playground programs. Schools and teachers using some of the programs listed above are eligible for free access to selected HealthSmart materials.
Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about our materials, special promotions for schools, and ways we can collaborate in the national movement to support students in building healthier lives.