Advocate for Healthier Schools
Many children consume at least half of their daily calories at school. as families work to ensure that their kids eat right and get active play at home, children also need access to healthy food and time for physical activity at school. With more than 31 million children participating in the National school lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National school Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever.
Ideas to Promote Healthy Schools
Faith-based and community organizations can work with schools to help students adopt healthy habits by taking some of the following steps:
Partner with a School: Have your organization or congregation partner with a local school or school district.com
School Meal Programs: encourage families to enroll their children in school meal programs. Please call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HuNGry for more information.
Start a Farmers Market: Work with community members to start a weekend farmers market at your facility, a local school site or neighborhood park.
Healthy Living Club: create a healthy living club to facilitate health programming in the schools and in the community. assess healthy eating and physical activity policies, as well as programs that are currently offered, and establish a plan to work towards creating a healthier environment for children
BackPack Program: Partner with your local food banks to support the local BackPack Program, a program designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, like over weekends and during summer vacation.
Healthier US School Challenge: Identify strategies to support local schools in the Healthierus school challenge. the challenge recognizes schools that take specific steps to improve their school environment by serving healthy foods, and by providing nutrition education and physical education.
Summer Food Service Programs: operate a summer Food service Program in partnership with local schools.