Efforts to improve school environments to support healthy eating and active living
School-based programs to increase physical activity is one of 14 evidence-based, community-wide interventions identified to change the context and improve health and well-being in as few as five years.
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Impact in 5 Years
“Elementary or middle schools that added additional physical activity to the school day resulted in a benefit to cost ratio of $33:$1.”
– Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Local Wellness Policies
- S.C. Department of Education Local Wellness Policies- The S.C. Department of Education Office of Health and Nutrition leads the Local Wellness Policy State Technical Assistance Team which provides assistance to school districts on local wellness policies.
- SC School Boards Association Model District Wellness Policy (ADF)
Open Community Use
- Breaking Physical Activity Barriers through Open Community Use Playbook - The Breaking Physical Activity Barriers through Open Community Use Playbook provides a detailed guide for communities to use to promote the open community use of school recreational areas.
- Let's Go S.C.- Here you will find information on school grounds that are open for community use across South Carolina.
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation- Founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a collaborative change-maker working to create a nation where children thrive. We collaborate with and empower people and leaders to transform the environments that can make a difference in a child's health: homes, schools, doctor's offices and communities.
Partnerships for Active Children in Elementary Schools
- Partnerships for Active Children in Elementary Schools Year One
- Partnerships for Active Children in Elementary Schools Year Two
- Partnerships for Active Children in Elementary Schools Year Three