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School Health Initiatives

Learning comes easier to children and youth who are healthy. Hunger, high-fat sugary foods, and inadequate physical activity can lead to poor attendance, distraction in the classroom, and other problems that impair academic success.
Schools can play a pivotal role in improving student wellness by promoting physical activity and the consumption of fruit, vegetables, and healthy beverages.
The following archive of school health intervention resources can assist communities in developing and implementing systematic policies that foster environments where students are healthy and ready to learn.

School Health Resources

  • Constructive Classroom Rewards: Promoting Good Habits While Protecting Children’s Health
    - “It’s just a little treat”: the harm in using food to reward children
  • Improving Collaboration Between Local Education Agencies and Health Departments
    - A guidance tool to improve student health and academic achievement
  • Model Wellness Policy Language for Water Access in Schools
    - Goals and actions to promote access to free, safe drinking water
  • El Monte Coordinated School Health Steering Committee
    - Success Story
  • Improved and Expanded Nutrition for Oakland Schools
    - Success Story
​​For more information regarding School Health, please contact Sophia.Mercado@cdph.ca.gov or 916.323-1648.
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