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Building School Immunity Webinar

Routine vaccinations protect children from 14 different life-threatening diseases before they even enter kindergarten. A fully immunized student body means fewer school days lost to exclusions and illness. Schools with high immunization rates can ...

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...

Professional Development for Health Professionals Including School Health Services Personnel

Children’s Hospital Colorado provides year round professional development opportunities open to the community. Use this link to access the full professional development calendar.

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s continuing e...

School Food Institute – Ingredients for Healthier Kids

This course covers seven main areas: protein, sugars, preservatives, colors and dyes, hormones and antibiotics, processed grains, and pesticides/herbicides. We’ll look at the health effects of each of these categories and how to fully eliminate ha...

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...

Practice Makes Perfect!
Developing Health Mastery Using the Health Skill Models

We’ve all heard the idiom “two birds, one stone.” Wouldn’t it be great to address both 21st Century skills and Health Education skills using consistent skill models in nearly all subject areas in all grade levels? This training will introduce newl...

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...

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...

Unleash the Responsible Classroom: How Social-Emotional Learning Fits into Physical Education

This workshop will empower participants to explore the five core competencies of social emotional learning. During the day, participants will experience activities, dialogue, and ideas on how to implement the competencies into your pedagogy, while...

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 3

Brain-based learning is not new – it’s natural.  Understanding the way your brain takes in information, focuses its attention, creates memories, and works are key in planning, designing, and teaching effectively for all learners.

Participan...

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 2

Get back onto the road of learning while considering the brain and how it operates, thinks, and processes information.  Take out your travel log from our Part 1 workshop or jump right in and join us as we travel and experience new “destinations” i...

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 1

This training workshop will focus on design, methods, and the creation of an environment that naturally enhances student learning. You will experience a variety of principles and strategies while discovering more about our brains. We will demonstr...

Integrating Physical Activity Into the School Day

This workshop is designed for classroom teachers, physical educators, specialists, and administrators that are interested in integrating physical activity in the school setting. Evidence-based research will be presented on the positive impact of p...

Strategies for Teaching Health Education in Physical Education

This K-12 workshop focuses on implementing activities and strategies that integrate Health Education into the Physical Education setting through standards-based instruction and best practices. Participants will leave with activities, lessons, and ...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Highly Effective Teaching in K-12 Physical Education: Putting All the Pieces Together

The new teacher evaluation can seem like a puzzle.  However, putting the pieces together seems far less daunting when you work on it together.  In this workshop we will sort through the quality standards to see how they fit into Physical Education...

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...

UNC Tap Talks

This is a quarterly event with faculty from the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Sport and Exercise Science where community stakeholders can informally discuss their ideas surrounding schools as centers for active learning.

UNC Summer PAL Academy

The Summer Physical Activity Leadership (PAL) Academy, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Active Schools Lab, is an annual professional learning conference consisting of presentations and discussion facilitated by both practitione...

Trauma Responsive Care for Educators Training

The Cross-Systems Training Institute (CSTI) offers classes to incorporate trauma-informed care principles and practices.

This training is for educations and provides the following:
– Increase understanding of the traumatic respo...

System Accelerator – Collaborative Processes for Critical Problem Solving in School Communities

Think outside the box! This training will use design thinking tools and facilitation techniques to develop strategic school community partnerships for generating and testing innovations. You will learn how to gather data, create school buy-in, and...

Safe Routes to School Community Coalition Building

This training is based on the Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Community Coalition Building Toolkit from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and is personalized to your community’s needs. The trainer will take you through t...

Positive Youth Development

Adolescence is a time of change and opportunity. The physical, social, and psychological changes young people undergo impacts their behavior, how they interact with the world, and how the adults around them respond to this transformation.

L...

MOVE More, LEARN More: Increasing Physical Activity at School

Study after study shows that kids who get regular physical activity experience improvements not just in their fitness levels but in their brain function, too. How can parents and parent groups help promote and support more movement in the classroo...

Making the Case for a Healthy School

Before telling your school community what to change, you have to give them the “why.” This presentation covers how to build awareness, support, and momentum for creating healthier school environments by talking about the obesity crisis...

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...

Implementing Healthy Celebrations, Rewards, and Fundraisers

This training will feature practical solutions, implementation guides, and stellar resources for providing healthier options and environments related to celebrations, rewards, and/or fundraisers throughout the school community.

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Good Eats: Healthy School Meals

Kids who eat healthy school meals have fewer absences and higher academic achievement. Making school meals healthy, delicious, and successful is both a challenge and an incredible opportunity. This workshop gives an overview of how national school...

Getting Started with School Health through Destination: Health Schools Successful Students

Designed to help school health team leaders begin their work, participants will explore a step-by-step process, along with essential resources and tools, to help them gain buy-in and support, develop a school health team, and create a plan to impr...

Getting Others 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...

Getting Healthy Together: Four Easy Ways for Families to Improve Health at Home and at School

Learn how four simple changes can make your family feel better and increase your kids’ ability to learn.

1) Skip the Screen

2) Let’s Get Moving

3) Load Up on Fruits and Veggies

4) Swap Out Sugary Drinks

This pres...

Food for Thought: Bringing Nutrition Education to Life in Elementary Schools

Are you an elementary school staff member looking to bring nutrition education to life in your school? This interactive training will provide participants with the opportunity to dig into the nutrition-related concepts and skills of the Colorado H...

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...

Creating Healthy Schools: What Parents Need to Know

Learn how to work collaboratively to improve school policy and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity. This half-day introductory workshop covers 1) making the case for healthy schools, 2) the school health landscape in Colorado...

Constructing Effective Tobacco-free Schools Policy Training

This training will provide strategies and tools to review, communicate, and enforce tobacco-free schools policies in your school district.  The training will include an overview of effective tobacco prevention in schools and Colorado legislation t...

Collaborating with Your Community Partners

In this training, learn how to create effective and meaningful partnerships with community partners and organizations to promote health and wellness for students.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to describe str...

Creating a Healthier School Food Culture

The school food culture goes way beyond the cafeteria. This presentation covers policies and regulations related to the school food environment and offers project ideas and resources for healthy fundraisers, celebrations and family events, healthy...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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: Swap Out Sugary Drinks! (English and Spanish)

Reaching for a soda or energy drink when we’re thirsty is a habit, and we know habits can be hard to change. But every time we drink a sugary beverage, we need to think about the impact on our body and our teeth: we are consuming a surprising amou...

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...

Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit

The Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit is a resource to help farm to school programs of all sizes undertake evaluation. Evaluation can serve many purposes for farm to school programs, including helping demonstrating a program’s success or progress....

Data as a Tool for Change

Data can bring a new perspective to the decision-making process, going beyond what people in the room know intuitively. With the right approaches and practices, data can help inform decisions and amplify impact, thus better enabling us to get to t...

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...

Amazon Healthier Generation Store

This online purchasing website was developed in partnership with Amazon and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Healthy snacks that meet the national Smart Snacks in School guidelines are available to purchase for school communities across th...

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.

Walk to School Colorado! Toolkit

This toolkit was created to make organizing a Walk to School Colorado event easy to implement. The kit includes all the necessary steps in the planning process, including assessing your community’s interest in the program.

Check ou...

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.

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...

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...

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 ...

Smart Snacks in School – Fact Sheet for Administrators

Smart Snacks in School are nutrition standards required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This legislation mandated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools except foods...

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 – Food Service Menu Cycles

The “Menu Cycles” resource at The Lunch Box website offers breakfast and lunch menu cycles depending on the age group. You can download information including: USDA certification worksheets for each cycle week, nutrient analysis by day, and cycle a...

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...

Learning Landscapes Toolkit

Learning Landscapes are designed to provide elementary students with physical and mental challenges in a stimulating and aesthetically appealing environment.

This toolkit is designed to promote use of the Learning Landscapes throughout the ...

Kindness in the Classroom K-8 Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation’s Kindness in the Classroom curriculum is a free, evidenced-based, social emotional learning (SEL) program that supports educators in creating a culture of kindness in their classrooms, schools, and the...

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 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. ...

Children’s Hospital Colorado – Health and safety information for families and schools

This website from Children’s Hospital Colorado provides content and resources for youth and child health, safety, and well-being on a wide range of topics that you can share with parents, caregivers, and families in your school community. Th...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Colorado Healthy Beverages and Competitive Food Policies

According to the Colorado Competitive Food Service Policy (2202-R-201.00), “competitive food service” is any food or beverage sold to students that is separate from the district’s nonprofit, federally reimbursed food service program, a...

Child Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Resource Guide

This resource from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center is offered to satisfy legal mandates and community interest in implementing sexual abuse and assault prevention programs. This guide is updated annually.

Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program Fact Sheet

This resource provides an overview of House Bill 13-1006 which created the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program (BABNP). The purpose of this program is to offer a breakfast, at no charge, to each student enrolled in a public school that has ...

Benefits of Farm to School (National Farm to School Network)

Kids win, farmers win, and communities win when schools choose to implement farm to school in the cafeteria. It creates connections within communities, unites students with where their food comes from, and strengthens the local economy. The Nation...

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...

Rangeview High School: Creating Safe, Caring, Engaging Schools

Rangeview High School in Aurora, CO is empowering students and creating a safe, caring, and engaging environment.

Check out this five minute video to learn about innovative approaches in school climate and celebrating diversity at Rangeview...

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...

2018 Healthy School Champions Magazine

Each year, Healthy School Champions recognizes Colorado schools and districts for their success at creating a healthy school environment and implementing effective school health efforts that support student learning.

This magazine features ...

2017 Healthy School Champions Magazine

The Healthy School Champions Program recognizes Colorado schools for their success at creating a healthy school environment and implementing effective school health efforts. The program celebrates schools that have excelled at creating health and ...

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 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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