Improving School Environments

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

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