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Healthy School 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Using Data to Drive Decisions

Data-driven decisions are a necessity in this era of accountability and high-stakes testing. It simply isn’t good enough to implement health and wellness efforts because “we just know we’re making a difference” without having data
to support...

School Food Institute – School Food Procurement

With over 30 million school lunches served every day, school food is big business. This course discusses the importance of aligning your procurement practices with the mission and vision of your school food program.  We’ll look at how to use your ...

School Food Institute – School Food Operation Models

This course walks participants through the complicated web of school food and how each operational model affects the food served to the students.

Cost of training is $99. To enroll, click the link below.

School Food Institute – School Food Finance

This course provides information on managing the fiscal resources in a school food program. Managing the financial resources in school food programs is a complex process, and it can be even more complicated in a scratch-cook operation. Fiscal acco...

School Food Institute – School Food 101

The School Food Institute gives school food service professionals and childhood nutrition advocates the in-depth training, operational skills, and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy, and sustainable. Our engaging online ...

School Food Institute – Salad Bars in Schools

This course can help schools use a salad bar effectively to get kids eating more fresh produce. Salad bars are a great way to get kids eating more fresh produce, but having a successful salad bar program requires a plan. We’ll go in-depth into the...

School Food Institute – Recipes and Menu Development

This training discusses the importance of recipes for sustainable, scratch-cooked meals, and how to transition your popular menu items to scratch cooking.

Recipes and menus are is the heartbeat of a scratch-cook school food operation. In Re...

School Food Institute – Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning

This course guides participants through the process of planning for sustainable change in their school food program. In this course, you will learn the essentials of strategic planning – from baseline program assessment to defining your program’s ...

School Food Institute – Marketing and Lunchroom Education

This course teaches participants ways to raise the ADP (average daily participation) in their school lunch program in order to sustain their new, higher quality school food program.

Cost of training is $99.  To enroll, click the link below....

Creating High Performing Teams

There is a big difference between a “group” of people working together and a “team” working together. But even tight-knit teams have their struggle. There are always conflicting demands on time in a school building. Members...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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 ...

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...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Food Ideas (Spanish)

Snack time, celebrations, and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices.

When food is a part of the school day or a special event, scho...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Food Ideas

Snack time, celebrations, and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices.

When food is a part of the school day or a special event, scho...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Birthdays, Celebrations, and Family Events at School (Spanish)

Birthdays, celebrations, and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices at school.

This resource helps with planning events that emphasi...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Birthdays, Celebrations, and Family Events at School

Birthdays, celebrations, and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices at school.

This resource helps with planning events that emphasi...

Tip Sheet: Classroom Energizers (Spanish)

Classroom energizers activate the brain, improve on-task behavior, and leave students more focused and ready to learn. There are many fun and creative ways to include fitness breaks in the daily schedule. This Spanish language tip sheet provides i...

Tip Sheet: Classroom Energizers

Classroom energizers activate the brain, improve on-task behavior, and leave students more focused and ready to learn. There are many fun and creative ways to include fitness breaks in the daily schedule. This tip sheet provides ideas and resource...

WellSAT 2.0

The WellSAT 2.0 tool is used to assess the strength and quality of the local school wellness policy language. Note: This tool does not assess the implementation of a local school wellness policy.

 

Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard 2.0

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard 2.0 contains simple, no-cost or low-cost strategies that lunchrooms can use to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food, and reduce food waste.  The strategies are based on research from the Corn...

Smarter Lunchrooms & Local Wellness Policy Language

All schools operating the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program are required to have a local wellness policy which can drive change in a district’s wellness efforts. This tool provides sample language to include Smarter Lunchrooms i...

Smart Guide: Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Counseling, Psychological and Social Services Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other c...

Smart Guide: Social and Emotional Climate

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

Smart Guide: Physical Environment

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

Smart Guide: Nutrition Environment and Services

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Nutrition Environment and Services Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components s...

Smart Guide: Health Services

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

Smart Guide: Health Education

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

Smart Guide: Employee Wellness

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

Smart Guide: Community Involvement

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

Smart Guide: Physical Education and Physical Activity

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Physical Education and Physical Activity Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other compon...

LiveWell@School Food Initiative –
Student Survey

Use this survey to help identify what is currently popular on your school menus. This survey also provides a section where the students can vote on new menu items, with those items ideally being from-scratch options.

The overall goal is for...

Guide for Using Data to Drive Decisions

Data-driven decisions are a necessity in this era of accountability and high-stakes testing. It simply isn’t good
enough to implement health and wellness efforts because “we just know we’re making a difference” without having data to support...

Guide for Getting Other to Notice and Support Your Efforts

In order to accomplish the desired outcomes and long-term goals of your healthy school efforts, you need others to understand the benefits of what you are doing or plan to do. Strategically thinking about those you need to “get on board” is an imp...

Guide for Making Meetings Matter

Regardless of how we feel about it, meetings are here to stay. Well-organized meetings can have real value for participants and their organizations. The question is: are your meetings productive, well-planned, conducted with full participation, an...

Guide for Creating High Performing Teams

There is a big difference between a “group” of people working together and a “team” working together. But even tight-knit teams have their struggles. There are always conflicting demands on time and in a school building. Me...

Getting Healthy Together – Easy Tips for Families: Load Up on Fruits and Veggies! (English and Spanish)

This handout provides nutrition information and easy tips for families on how to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet. English and Spanish versions are both included.

Getting Healthy Together – Easy Tips for Families: Get Moving! (English and Spanish)

People who are active typically feel better, accomplish more, and live longer. To get healthy, we need to get moving! This resource provides information and tips for families on how to add more movement into their regular routine. Both English and...

Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Suggested Elements for Districts and Schools

This template from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center was modeled after the U.S. Department of Education’s four phase model of emergency planning: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. This model is also in complianc...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Food Planner

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has an online tool for schools and communities to use in order to search for Smart Snacks in Schools compliance. The tool also provides access to nutrition resources such as recipes and menu plans.

Getting Healthy Together – Easy Tips for Families: Skip the Screen! (English and Spanish)

Did you know that the average child watches more than 2,300 hours of television each year? This handout provides information and tips for families on how to cut down on screen time. English and Spanish versions are both included.

Alternative Breakfast Programs

Alternative breakfast programs are a highly effective way to increase breakfast participation for all students and increase the multi-level benefits of breakfast, especially when they are implemented in addition to traditional cafeteria breakfast....

Trauma-Informed Approaches in Schools: Keys to Successful Implementation in Colorado

The purpose of this document is to provide an aligned message to schools and districts on trauma, its’ prevalence in youth, and how schools can utilize trauma-informed approaches to change outcomes for students. This document will provide a common...

Tobacco-free Schools Policy Checklist

The Tobacco-free Schools Policy Checklist Toolkit provides Colorado schools with tools and strategies for developing and implementing comprehensive policies and guidance as they review, revise, implement, and enforce tobacco-free school policies i...

Tip Sheet: Before and After-School Activities

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...

Strategies for Enforcement: Practical Tips for Enforcing Your Tobacco-free Schools Policy

A written district policy is only effective if it is communicated and enforced. The following document provides a range of options for schools and districts to consider as they decide the best way to enforce tobacco policy in the context of their ...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Strategic Planning

The “Strategic Planning” resource from The Lunch Box website includes guidance and a worksheet sample. This resource can help schools develop a strategic plan to put their vision of substantive change in their lunchrooms into action.

Safe Routes to Schools – Community Coalition Building Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help interested groups through the steps to organize a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) coalition in their school(s) community. The 5 Es of SRTS (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) form the ...

Short Lunch Periods Don’t Serve Students’ Needs (The Harvard Gazette)

This article from The Harvard Gazette reviews the length of time students need for a lunch period to have adequate time to eat. The article cites a study completed by Project Bread and Harvard Chan School which found students with fewer than twent...

The Lunch Box – Salad Bars

The “Salad Bar” tab on The Lunch Box website offers tools for implementing salad bars in schools. This resource has guidance on training, operations, procurement, marketing, and planning. There are case studies, assessment tools, templates, and wo...

Resources for Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention – A Guide for Schools

This guide from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center provides a list of prevention programs for staff and students on the topic of suicide prevention and intervention. In this guide you will find information about crisis lines, guidelines an...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Procurement

The “Procurement” resource from The Lunch Box has all of the information necessary for a school or district to start procuring foods for their scratch cooking mission.

The website provides information on fresh food procurement, menu develop...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Posters and Signs

The “Posters and Signs” resource on The Lunch Box website has free downloadable, printable posters on everything from “The Five Meal Components” to “Harvest of the Month” stickers. Print out these free resources to better market and raise aw...

Positive School Climate: Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Education School Resource Guide

This school guide includes resources that may help to address bullying and harassment in schools by providing programs/curricula descriptions, target audiences, costs, and contact information.

Content of the guide includes ten best practice...

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plans (Grades K-2)

This resource provides lesson plans for implementing a pedestrian safety program in your school curriculum, particularly in physical education classes. The curriculum is a combination of indoor and outdoor lessons that can be used together or sepa...

Out-of-School Suspension: Consequences and Alternatives

In recent years, school suspension has become a common disciplinary practice in U.S. schools. Each day that school is in session, 18,000 public school students are suspended from school, and 560 students are expelled. The widespread use of suspens...

The Lunch Box – Multimedia Training

This webpage from The Lunch Box features a variety of videos to support your food services and school nutrition efforts. From calibrating thermometers to stir frying vegetables, this multimedia resource offers education on food preparation techniq...

The Lunch Box – Marketing Your Food Services Program

Marketing your school food program is an essential part of keeping it relevant and maintaining your wellness goals. This resource includes tips and tricks on branding your program, district communications, social media platforms, photos, and fundi...

Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit (USDA)

Engage the broader school community in the implementation of the local school wellness policy with the USDA’s outreach toolkit. The toolkit includes: an example cover letter, letter to principal, parent flyer in English and Spanish, presenta...

Local School Wellness Policy – Summary of the Final Rule

A local school wellness policy is a written document that guides a district’s efforts to establish an environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The wellness policy requirement was strengthened by the Healthy, Hu...

The Lunch Box – Junior Chef Competition

Hosting a junior chef competition in your school district is an innovative way to increase student participation in your school food program. This resource outlines the key benefits of hosting a junior chef competition and provides documents and r...

Integrating Health and Wellness for Student Success: The Story of Archuleta School District

When Colorado students are living in poverty, come to school hungry, or feel unsafe, this affects their ability to learn. In Archuleta School District’s Pagosa Springs Middle School they believe in the strong connection between student learning an...

How Long Does It Take Students to Eat Lunch?: A Summary of Three Studies (The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management)

The Institute of Child Nutrition (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute) sponsored three studies to identify the actual length of time students have to consume lunch. The studies found students have on average between 7-10 minute...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Framework

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to empower students to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program helps to create and ...

Health Education Skill Model

Access a variety of downloadable resources related to providing health education in schools. The “Health Skills” models are aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Indicators. Models for grade spans PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and...

Health and Wellness: A Leadville School and Community Success Story

In 2016, Lake County Intermediate School in Leadville was recognized with the Healthy School Champions Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness. However, it wasn’t long ago that health outcomes for Leadville kids weren’t so great. ...

Food Service Director Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative provides a variety of resources for our partners in school food, including practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food & Nutrition Services, and tem...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Fiscal Management

Fiscal accountability in district food service departments is imperative given the challenge of operating in a highly regulated environment, often with limited revenue, inadequate facilities, and the high personnel costs. When districts change fro...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Facilities Resource

It is essential for the district food service director and key members of their management team to learn enough about facility design and equipment to guide the district. This is the case whether the project involves investment in a few pieces of ...

Exceptional Student Services Technical Assistance Document: Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric issues affecting children and adolescents. Children with internalizing disorders such as depression and anxiety are often overlooked, and symptoms are often not addressed. This technical assi...

Every Student Succeeds Action Framework for Health and Wellness

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the vital role that health and wellness play in education. This document from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Healthy Schools Campaign focuses on supporting advocates who are interested ...

Essentials of School Threat Assessment: Preventing Targeted School Violence

This guide from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center reflects the work of the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education on the essentials of school threat assessment and methods to prevent targeted school violence. The guide p...

Essential Components of Effective Tobacco Prevention for Schools

To be effective in preventing youth tobacco use, school districts and schools need to look beyond classroom instruction and toward developing a more comprehensive approach. This document outlines five essential components for effective school toba...

Developing Comprehensive Tobacco-free Schools Policy: Policy Language Examples

This resource includes policy language examples from school districts across Colorado. The examples address the required components of the Colorado Tobacco-free Schools Law and the Teen Tobacco Use Prevention Act.

Destination: Healthy Schools Successful Students – A Roadmap & Guidebook to Implementing a Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health at the School Level

The guide defines a step-by-step process for schools utilizing a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach and features “travel guides” for experienced teams seeking in-depth support in specific areas (high functioning...

Colorado School Safety Resource Center Restorative Practices Guide

Effective teaching and learning cannot take place unless students feel safe at school. Positive discipline policies and restorative practices can help create safer learning environments without relying heavily on suspensions and expulsions.

Creating an Allies in Diversity Program

This guide offers step-by-step advice on how to foster an Allies in Diversity student club devoted to social justice, equity, diversity, and multiculturalism, as well as creating a safe place for students most at risk of experiencing cruelty or bu...

Core Subject Bicycle and Pedestrian Lesson Plans (K-8)

This resource provides lesson plans for bicycle and pedestrian topics in core subject matter areas such as math, social studies, reading, writing, science, and more. Includes resources for Kindergarten through 8th grade. The lesson plans integrate...

Connecting Health and Learning is Vital to Student Success: An Overview of Relevant Research

Research shows that integrating school health best practices into the school schedule, policies, practices, and culture will yield better academic outcomes such as attendance, graduation rates, and test scores.  This resource presents an overview ...

Bicycle Rodeo – Train the Trainer

These resources will help schools or districts with organizing a bicycle rodeo- a clinic to teach children the skills and precautions to ride a bicycle safely. All materials are available for download and use. Included are a sample PowerPoint pres...

Alternatives to Food Rewards in the Classroom

Food is commonly used to reward students for good behavior and academic performance. Yet, using food as reward can have negative consequences that go far beyond the short-term benefits. Many schools and districts have found ways to be innovative w...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Model Wellness Policy

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation developed an excellent wellness policy template that meets the requirements of the local wellness policy final rule. A local wellness policy guides a school district’s efforts to establish a school environme...

Adult Crossing Guard Training Resources

These resources were created by CDOT and other organizations to train volunteers or paid staff on becoming adult crossing guards. The Adult Crossing Guard Training Guidelines use national standards, best practices, and also incorporate state traff...

Smart Source Data Tables: Health Statistics Regions

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Smart Source Data Tables: Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Smart Source Data Tables: District Size Data

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Smart Source Data Tables: Regional Data

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Smart Source Data Tables: State Data

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Smart Source Data Snapshots: Select Results by District Size

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Smart Source Data Snapshots: Indicators of Educational and Health Equity by School Level

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Smart Source Data Snapshots: Indicators of Supportive Systems and Cultures for Health by School Level

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts...

Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source

Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source) is a FREE comprehensive streamlined data collection tool for any Colorado K-12 school.  Smart Source serves as a comprehensive inventory of best practices related to health and wellness designed...

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