Comprehensive Health and Wellness Plan Template

Is your district or school ready to develop a comprehensive health and wellness plan? The Center for Rural School Health & Education has created a customizable template that is aligned to the Whole School, Whole Community , Whole Child framewo...

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?

...

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...

School Mental Health Toolkit

The School Mental Health Toolkit is a blueprint for school mental health services and will guide community members, schools, local leaders, and districts through 10 best practices, including strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining men...

Engaging Youth as Partners in Creating Healthy, Safe, and Welcoming Schools

Youth engagement is a critical component in creating a supportive environment for social and emotional wellness and academic growth for students. Youth engagement is a powerful approach to improving policies, programs, and practices related to you...

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative Parent and Family Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of resources for parents and families, including action planning tools, talking points for addressing school food, as well as assessment tools and recruitment tools.

Laughaceuticals

Laughaceuticals is an interactive workshop where ADULT participants engage in improvisational theatre techniques and exercises to have fun, laugh, and play. Throughout the workshop, ideas and statistics supported by evidenced-based research are pr...

Smart Guide: Family Engagement

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Family Engagement Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Family Eng...

Helping Kids Learn Better with Healthy School Meals

Kids who eat healthy school meals have fewer absences and higher academic achievement. Making school meals healthy, nutritious, and successful is both a challenge and an incredible opportunity.

In this recorded webinar, you’ll learn h...

Nutrition Environment and Services: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Nonfood Rewards in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines the importance of nonfood rewards in schools and provides example communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives to food rewards.

LiveWell@School Food Initiative Menu of Services

The LiveWell@School Food Initiative is pleased to offer customized trainings and workshops for school districts, utilizing a combination of training modules.

High School Coffee Cart Guidance

In an effort to promote school health, the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 established nutrition standards for all foods sold in school, which includes high school coffee carts. Caffeinated beverages may only be sold in high schools, base...

Quality Professional Development Levels of Support

This resource provides a description of tiered levels of support, offered by the University of Northern Colorado Active Schools Lab, for organizations that want to ensure their new or existing professional development (PD) services (e.g., workshop...

Game On Progam

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On Program” is a flexible and adaptable multi-year framework that supports America’s schools in creating healthier school environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve.

Thi...

Creating Youth Advisory Councils

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Buffalo School District RE-4J, and Jeffco Public Schools partnered to create a “how to guide” for schools and school districts wanting to engage youth voice and create youth well...

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)

This is a technical assistance document on developing behavior intervention plans based on a functional behavioral assessment from the CDE’s Exceptional Student Services Unit. A functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is a process for gatheri...

Evidence-Based Practice Guide

When school health efforts are supported by evidence-based practices (EBPs), they’re better able to produce successful outcomes for students and school communities. Schools and district can use this guide to identify evidence-based practices...

Introduction to WSCC Menus of Evidence-based Practices

This document overviews how to use the Menus of Evidence-Based Practices, based on the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. The Menus are resources for school and district educational professionals to utili...

Community Involvement: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Community Involvement component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Colorado Retail Marijuana Education and Prevention Resource Guide

This guide provides tools for retail marijuana education and prevention efforts. It is an overview of education and prevention programs and research, links to fact sheets, talking points, campaign materials, webinars and trainings, activities, and...

CAPS: Connecting, Asking, Participating, and Speaking Up

CAPS (Connecting, Asking, Participating, and Speaking Up) is a student-created initiative that includes brief activities and lessons focusing on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD). In 2013, Jeffco Public Schools high school students were ask...

A School Without Hate – PEACE Checklist

The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC), Kaiser’s Arts Integrated Resources, and Day Without Hate have fostered a positive culture and climate in schools by using the PEACE Checklist. Schools in Jeffco have been able to earn the ti...

Bicycle Safety Lesson Plans (Grades 3-6)

This resource includes lesson plans for implementing a bicycle safety program in school curriculum, particularly in physical education classes, for students from third through 6th (or even 8th) grade. These lesson plans introduce a variety of skil...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Program

Is your school ready to join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program? This link will take you to a sign-in page where you will have access to free guidance, tools, and resources to implement healthy policies and pra...

Social Emotional Climate: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Social Emotional Climate component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Physical Environment: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Physical Environment component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Physical Education and Physical Activity: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Physical Education & Physical Activity component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Nutrition Environment and Services: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Nutrition Environment & Services component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

School-based Health Services: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Health Services component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Health Education: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Health Education component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Family Engagement: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Family Engagement component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Employee Wellness: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Employee Wellness component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Counseling, Psychological, & Social Services component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Tip Sheet: Recess for Learning

Experts recommend that schools provide 20 minutes of recess per day. Yet, many schools have reduced or eliminated recess in order to free up more time for academics.

Scaling back recess comes at a cost to learning. Research shows that reces...

Trauma Informed Education Resource List

Every year, approximately 1 in 4 children under age 18 experiences a potentially traumatic event. Trauma, particularly in a child, can have a lasting emotional effect. This document from the Cross Systems Training Institute provides a list of reso...

Taste Testing Guide for Parents and Families

Turn regular taste tests into an exciting school-wide event! Taste testing is a great way to build-up the relationship between food service personnel, families, and the rest of the school community. Additionally, as students become familiar with t...

Social Emotional Climate: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Taste Testing for Nutrition Services Staff

This resource from the LiveWell@School Food Initiative presents a how-to guide for Nutrition Services staff to conduct taste tests in the cafeteria.

Healthy Schools Needs Assessment

The Healthy Schools Collective Impact (now called Healthy Schools Successful Students) vision is that all Colorado youth are healthy and reach their full potential with the bold goal that, by 2025, all Colorado K-12 public schools provide...

Healthy Fundraisers in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines why healthy fundraisers in schools are important, and includes communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives for fundraisers.

Recess Before Lunch Guide

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This guide outlines the benefits of Recess Before L...

Health Education: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Health Team 4 Performance

Health Team 4 is a lively performance that provides healthy eating and active living messages, as well as tools to help students conquer their own villains on the way to making health choices (for grades K-6). Free to schools within Kaiser Permane...

Guidelines for Implementing the LiveWell@School Food Initiative Student Survey

Use these guidelines to learn about how to survey students in your school to help identify what is currently popular on your school menus. A template with the student survey can be found in the related resources.

Family Engagement: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Community Involvement: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Healthy Celebrations in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines why healthy celebrations are important, and includes communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives for classroom celebrations.

Recess Before Lunch Educational Presentation

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This presentation describes the benefits of schedul...

Mental Health First Aid Colorado Description

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based training program to help identify mental health and substance abuse problems, connect individuals to care, and safely de-escalate crisis situations. Visit our website to find a class that can hel...

The Lunch Box – Food Service Recipes

The “Food Service Recipes” resource from The Lunch Box provides a database with over 300 USDA compliant school food recipes. All recipes have been thoroughly tested by Chef Ann Cooper of Boulder Valley School District. The database also offers a s...

The Importance of Health and Wellness in Schools Video

This video shares the importance of addressing health and wellness in schools. We know that to create healthy and engaging learning environments, we need to give kids what they really need to succeed. We need to work for a systemic, strategic, and...

Communication Tips: Get the Word Out About Your Tobacco-free Schools Policy

A carefully considered tobacco-free schools policy is the foundation of a comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention in schools. Policy is the mechanism that allows consistent standards and enforcement procedures to be passed from one school adm...

Funding Opportunities for Farm to Cafeteria Programs Webinar

LiveWell Colorado and the Colorado Community College System recorded a webinar on funding sources that support Farm to Cafeteria programs that partner with high schools and community college Agriculture Tech Programs.

This recorded webinar ...

Employee Wellness: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Care Equity Project

The Care Equity Project is a collaborative effort to assist community and school health care providers and Kaiser Permanente staff and physicians in improving health equity for patients living with limited financial resources. Programs are free to...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Human Resources

Every school district has a different organizational structure and hiring practices. In some districts, the food services department is responsible for all the hiring steps for their department, from developing job descriptions to posting, intervi...

Physical Education and Physical Activity: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

The Lunch Box – Food Service Taste Testing

According to the National Association for the Education for Young Children, a child must be offered a new food up to 10-15 times before they will eat it. With that information in hand, we have found that tasting, tasting, and more tasting will hel...

School-based Health Services: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Physical Environment: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Healthy Schools Needs Assessment Infographic

This infographic shares key findings from the Healthy Schools Collective Impact (now called Healthy Schools Successful Students) Needs Assessment conducted in 2017. This information is being used to guide collaboration across health and w...

Youth Engagement Standards

Youth engagement doesn’t happen haphazardly or through one-time events and opportunities. Youth engagement is dependent upon the on-going, long term, and intentional weaving of practices into the environments where young people exist.

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative Webinars

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of webinars focusing on school food. These webinars include practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food & Nutrition Se...

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative Student Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of resources for students who care about school food. This resource includes practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food &...

When You’re Seeing Stars

When You’re Seeing Stars is a social and emotional wellness play for elementary students that addresses the stress young people face in their daily lives (for grades 2-6).

Follow Sam’s journey navigating the stressful and difficult pr...

Invisible Feelings

Invisible Feelings is a lower elementary school program presented in combination with When You’re Seeing Stars. Students explore empathy through Trudy Ludwig’s popular book, The Invisible Boy (for kindergarden and first grade)...

Confronting Conflict

Confronting Conflict is a middle school program that utilizes role play and other interactive exercises to address age-appropriate comprehensive health, and reading, writing & communicating standards. Facilitated by professional teaching artis...

YouthCHAT

YouthCHAT is a free 2-hour youth-facilitated interactive workshop. The youth leaders of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Action Team (CHAT) created this innovative workshop to support health care professionals in optimizing youth wellness visi...

A School Without Hate and PEACE Checklist – Intro Video

The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC), Kaiser’s Arts Integrated Resources, and Day Without Hate have fostered a positive culture and climate in schools by using the PEACE Checklist. SHAC created a School Without Hate “Intro...

Tip Sheet: Healthy School Snacks

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: Healthy Rewards at School

Rewards happen at many levels across a school. Teachers, administrators, and parent groups offer rewards to recognize and celebrate student accomplishments. The goal of rewarding students is to help them internalize desirable behaviors and create ...

Tools for Engaging Nontraditional Voices

Nontraditional voices bring an important perspective to the policymaking table. Their experience is often needed to successfully identify and implement solutions to complex problems. Without this perspective, even well-meaning policies often do no...

Tip Sheet: Recess for Learning (Spanish)

Experts recommend that schools provide 20 minutes of recess per day. Yet, many schools have reduced or eliminated recess in order to free up more time for academics.

Scaling back recess comes at a cost to learning. Research shows that reces...

Tip Sheet: Nutrition Education and Promotion (Spanish)

Nutrition education teaches students how to choose and enjoy healthy foods along with the benefits of healthy foods on one’s body and mind.

Nutrition education and promotion can take place across the school, formally and informally, inside ...

Tip Sheet: Nutrition Education and Promotion

Nutrition education teaches students how to choose and enjoy healthy foods along with the benefits of healthy foods on one’s body and mind.

Nutrition education and promotion can take place across the school, formally and informally, inside ...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Rewards at School (Spanish)

Rewards happen at many levels across a school. Teachers, administrators, and parent groups offer rewards to recognize and celebrate student accomplishments. The goal of rewarding students is to help them internalize desirable behaviors and create ...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers to Promote Family Health (Spanish)

Fundraising events and activities provide schools with a powerful opportunity to send consistent and positive health messages, enhance classroom lessons, and promote healthy living to students and families.

Traditional fundraisers often foc...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers – Food Sales at School

When schools promote healthy foods and beverages to fuel their students, they send a strong, positive message about how much they value student health and success.

Food and beverage sales to students during the school day, outside of school...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers to Promote Family Health

Fundraising events and activities provide schools with a powerful opportunity to send consistent and positive health messages, enhance classroom lessons, and promote healthy living to students and families.

Traditional fundraisers often foc...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers – Food Sales at School (Spanish)

When schools promote healthy foods and beverages to fuel their students, they send a strong, positive message about how much they value student health and success.

Food and beverage sales to students during the school day, outside of school...

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