SHAPE AMERICA PE Resources for COVID-19 Times

A collection of resources from SHAPE America and other K-12 health and physical educators to help you continue to provide high-quality, standards-based lessons despite the circumstances. They will be updating constantly. Lots of tips and downloads...

Healthy Celebration & Non-Food Rewards

List of resources to support healthy celebrations and non-food rewards.

The IDEAS 4 School Health Website – A website on Evidence Based Resources to help improve school health & academics

There is a significant amount of literature concerning policies, programs, and practices for comprehensive school health; however, there remained a need to curate the existing evidence-based strategies into a high quality and usable resource for r...

Creating Safe School Environments in Colorado

Policymakers, educators and advocates have identified a need to increase school safety following several high profile incidents of violence in U.S. schools. The Colorado Children’s Campaign compiled existing research on strategies to create safer ...

Student and Family Engagement in School Meals

Stakeholder buy-in is essential for any successful project, as they are influential in implementation and sustainability. When students and family members have opportunities to provide both suggestions and feedback for school meals and other foods...

Simple Tips to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

Encouraging kids to choose healthy foods like fruits and vegetables for themselves has a proven positive impact on their well-being and confidence. This handy resource helps families eat the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables ...

Lunch for the Win

When students eat healthy meals, they are better prepared to learn. Using this resource, staff and families can build quick meals from more than 30 healthy main courses, snacks, and sides. This resource can even be shared with students so they can...

Healthy Celebration Sign-Up

In order to send a consistent message to students about good nutrition and healthy eating, it is important that celebrations reflect the healthy practices that are in place throughout schools. Schools can use this editable resource to encourage fa...

Healthy Celebrations Letter for Families

In order to send a consistent message to students about good nutrition and healthy eating, it is important that celebrations reflect the healthy practices that are in place throughout schools. Schools can use this editable resource to send familie...

Healthier Breakfasts for Students

It’s no surprise that many people feel breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When students eat a healthy breakfast, they are mentally and physically prepared to learn. This resource provides tips and ideas for quick, healthy morning bit...

Celebrations that Support Child Health

Schools and afterschool programs play an important role in helping students learn about healthy eating. School celebrations can reinforce messages about good nutrition and health when they include healthy foods and beverages and provide opportunit...

Time to Eat – Brief

Do students in public schools receive adequate time to for lunch? In this brief, produced by The Colorado’s Children Campaign, learn about the link more about the important link between a lack of time to eat and childhood hunger.

The Benefits of Eating Meals As A Family

This is a terrific resource to share with parents on the benefits of eating with their children. This resource is from Action for Healthy Kids. Places to use this resource:

  • Pre-Schools, School and District Newsletters/Communication Ch...

Academic Integration of Physical Activity

This Physical Activity Integration Resource Manual was created by one of our Interns at the UNC Active Schools Institute. It offers examples of classroom physical activity that support academic content including science, math and language arts for...

Weld County School District 6 Farm to School Program Resources

Resources to improve your already established Farm to School program or start a new one in your community.

Joint Use Agreements

Encouraging the use of school playgrounds, gyms, workout centers, tracks and fields expands the opportunities for physical activity. Making facilities open and available to students, their families, and the community outside of school hours can be...

Suicide Issue Brief

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Often suicide occurs as a result of multiple stressors and health issues paired with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Mental health conditions, specifically an...

Comprehensive Health & Wellness Plan Template

This template was created as a guide to develop a comprehensive health and wellness plan to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model in a school or district. All prompts and structures included are optional, and are provided ...

AIMXL DIY Guide

This guide was created using the principles of Assess, Identify, Make It Happen (AIM), a strategic planning process that has been shown to result in changes to school environments to promote student health. The purpose of this handbook is to provi...

Tobacco-Free Schools Enforcement Strategies

Use of electronic cigarettes continues to be a serious problem in Colorado and the nation.

Resources are available to help address nicotine vaping, e-cigarette and other tobacco use among Colorado youth. E-cigarette use is not safe, especia...

Call to Action

The Colorado Alliance for School Health has recently published a Call to Action. Its intent is to define school health services, elevate the importance of these services, outline opportunities for health and education to work together to meet the ...

Ghosted

Ghosted is the story of four students as they navigate a single day of high school. When one of the them experiences anxiety and visits the counselor’s office, circumstances lead the other characters to reveal hard truths about their personal live...

Bullying Issue Brief

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior which occurs in the context of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior often includes a person or group of persons targeted based on their appearance, behavior, race, religion, social status, gen...

Quality Professional Development Webinar

The Quality Professional Development (QPD) Webinar is a supplemental tool for QPD workshop evaluation. The webinar will help patrons identify the four characteristics of QPD, as well as learn how to evaluate the extent to which workshops align wit...

Opportunities to Increase Access and Participation in Colorado’s Federal Child Nutrition Programs

CDE, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s evaluation branch, has completed a statewide needs assessment providing insight into the opportunities and barriers for increasing access to federal child nutrit...

Bullying Issue Brief

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior which occurs in the context of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior often includes a person or group of persons targeted based on their appearance, behavior, race, religion, social status, gen...

Colorado School District Immunization Fact Sheets and Data Dashboard

Ensuring adequate vaccination coverage helps to protect the health of students, staff, and others in the community and helps to prevent absenteeism, exclusions, and other societal and economic costs. The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition’...

Healthy Schools Toolkit: Together for Healthy & Successful Schools

The Healthy Schools Toolkit is a new resource designed to help educators build healthy schools from the inside out to ensure all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

The Healthy Schools Toolkit is informed by rese...

School Water Activation Toolkit & Resources

Are you interested in improving student’s access to water throughout the school day? Schools play a vital role in the health of children. Access to safe and free drinking water provides kids a healthy alternative to sugary drinks such as juice, fl...

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – How to Talk to Children and Youth

It is important that adults establish open communication with children and youth to ask about their emotions, their worries, and what gives them hope. Being able to talk about complex and challenging emotions is a way to build and strengthen resil...

Take a Break! Teacher Toolbox for Physical Activity Breaks in the Secondary Classroom

When you move more, you learn more because healthy students learn better. Research shows that physical activity (PA) affects the brain in ways that allow students to be more engaged and ready to learn.  Elementary students should not be the only o...

Innovative Approaches in School Climate: Using Students as Agents of Change

Programs that focus on the whole student, building social and emotion skills, and addressing social, emotional health issues are the most promising in yielding positive social, emotional outcomes.  These programs empower students to change culture...

Empowering Wellness: Manitou Springs School District 14 Video

Manitou Springs School District 14 is the 2017 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Manitou Springs is implementing school health into their systems, policies, structures, and culture...

Manhattan Middle School Allies Day Video

Manhattan Middle School in Boulder, CO, has worked diligently over the past five years to create an Allies Club that now has more than 100 student members. This group meets weekly to explore diversity as it relates to students’ lives. The Allies g...

A Way of Wellness: Fraser Valley Elementary Video

Fraser Valley Elementary School in Fraser, CO, is the 2018 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Fraser Valley has embedded health as a core component of their mission, vision, policie...

Buffalo School District: Engaging Youth as Leaders in School Wellness

Colorado’s Buffalo School District RE- 4J has truly empowered students to be leaders and agents of change. The district wellness committee is comprised of and led by 15 high school students, and those students have fostered incredible change for t...

Recess Rocks!

Research shows that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grads and standardized test scores, better school attendance, and decrease disciplinary problems.  In Colorado, the Physical Activity Law requires all public el...

Students Mentoring Students (SMS) Curriculum

At Poudre High School in Fort Collins, CO, students teach other students important lessons in diversity, equity, and social-emotional skills that not only create a more inclusive climate but impact academic achievement as well. Both schools are se...

Show Me the Money: Writing a Successful Grant Application

Successful grant writing is part art and part science. This webinar will provide specific tips and strategies for writing a fundable grant application including an emphasis on two areas that often cause an application not to be funded: the workpla...

Students as Change Agents: The Use of Student Perception Survey and Climate Data Webinar

Schools and districts throughout the country are beginning to use student perception surveys (SPSs) to gather data about how students are experiencing their schools, classrooms, and teachers.  Listen in as this webinar explains the work in Dolores...

Students as Change Agents: The Use of Student Perception Survey and Climate Data Facilitation Guide

Schools and districts throughout the country are beginning to use student perception surveys (SPSs) to gather data about how students are experiencing their schools, classrooms, and teachers. Dolores School District in Dolores, Colo., has taken th...

School Health and Wellness: Implications of State and Federal Legislation

We know healthy students learn better, but how do you get in front of school, district, and state leaders for vital education conversations?  The answer?  Become knowledgeable about the policies that impact school health.  Policy impacts districts...

Paving the Way: Putting Wellness Policy into Action

Welcome to Part II of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LW...

Paving the Way: Guidance on Updating Your Local Wellness Policy

Welcome to Part I of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LWP...

Honey, I Empowered the Youth: Creating Youth Advisory Councils Webinar

Engaging youth is a vital component to the success of any education or health endeavor. Students should be given the voice to co-create and partner with school and community leaders in the design and implementation of school health and wellness st...

The Lunch Box- Lunchroom Education: Rainbow Days

Check out this webpage from The Lunch Box with lunchroom education resources. On a Rainbow Day, students are asked to use fruits and vegetables from the salad bar to create a “rainbow” of at least three colors on their tray. Once they have finishe...

Water: It’s in Your Nature Resources

Are you interested in getting students invested in the benefits of drinking water and understanding the consequences of sugary drinks? The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) partnered with the regional Healthy Beverage Partnership, Kais...

Tools for Integrating an Equity Lens

Every planning process has “choice points” – those places where decisions made will either increase or decrease equity. But how does one identify those choice points? How does one use those choice points to turn equity from a value to action?

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Tip Sheet: Healthy School Snacks (Spanish)

Children need snacks to keep their busy bodies and minds going. Healthy snacking at school can help kids get important nutrients, make up for skipped meals, and provide necessary fuel for learning, sports, and other activities.

Many kids br...

Tip Sheet: Before and After-School Activities (Spanish)

Experts recommend that school-aged children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Schools can increase students’ daily at-school physical activity levels by incorporating more movement into out-of-school time programs...

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