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					                        WEB LINKS FOR SCHOOL NURSES
                 List compiled by the Colorado Regional Nurse Specialists
                                       January 2011

=pdf handouts;  = tools;  = policy;  = funding resources; = School; early
childhood, =childcare; $ = cost for resources, = physical activity,  = environment

Action for Healthy Kids www.actionforhealthykids.org volunteer network of 11,000 members
from a variety of venues to address childhood undernourishment, obesity, and prevention.
Advocacy – http://capwiz.com/tchden/mlm/signup/ Join the Grassroots Advocacy Network at
The Children’s Hospital
Alliance for a Healthier Generation http://www.healthiergeneration.org/ The goal of the
Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids
nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart
Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places
that can make a difference in a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices, and communities.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Teacher tool box handout “Integrating Physical Activity into the Complete School Day”
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): http://www.aap.org/obesity/index.html Clinical
Resources, Community Partners, Bright Futures
AAP Parent Resource Page for Obesity http://www.healthychildren.org/english/health-
Arkansas Center for Health Improvement http://www.achi.net/index.asp A nonpartisan,
independent, health policy center that serves as a catalyst for improving the health of Arkansans.
Guiding Principles for BMI Reporting in Children
Arkansas: Training Manual for Height and Weight Assessment
1with%20revisions.pdf Specific instructions for conducting BMI screenings.
BodyWorks http://www.womenshealth.gov/bodyworks/ is a program designed to help parents
and caregivers of adolescents improve family eating and activity habits. Available in English and
Spanish, the program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to
make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.
Bright Futures: http://brightfutures.aap.org/ a national health care promotion and disease
prevention initiative that uses a developmentally based approach to address children's
health care needs in the context of family and community. Its purpose is to promote and
improve infant, child, and adolescent health within the context of family and community.
CATCH - Coordinated Approach to Child Health http://www.catchinfo.org/ An evidence-
based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and
healthy food choices. It also works to prevent tobacco use in children through grade 8.
CDC BMI Calculator: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/Calculator.aspx
                        WEB LINKS FOR SCHOOL NURSES
                  List compiled by the Colorado Regional Nurse Specialists
                                        January 2011

CDC Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools:
CDC School Health Resources Tool
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/SHSR/Apps/SearchResources.aspx Index of CDC resources for school
health services.
Center for Ecoliteracy www.rethinkingschoollunch.org The Center’s Rethinking School Lunch
program uses a systems approach to address the crisis in childhood obesity, provide nutrition
education, and teach ecological knowledge. The Center spent five years researching 10
interrelated dimensions vital to achieving this vision.
Center for Science in the Public Interest: http://www.cspinet.org/ CSPI is one of the nation’s
top consumer advocates that fights for government policies and corporate practices that
promote healthy diets, prevent deceptive marketing practices, and ensures that science is
used to promote the public welfare.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity,
and Obesity (DNPAO): http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HaltingObesity/ CDC's is leading
efforts to reduce obesity and its related conditions through policy and environmental
strategies, developing partnerships, and innovative programming. The CDC has engaged
policymakers, partners, and stakeholders in leadership activities including the 2007
Public Health Grand Rounds on Cutting Edge Legal Preparedness for Chronic Disease
Prevention , the 2008 National Summit on Legal Preparedness for Obesity Prevention
and Control, and the 2008 Community Approaches to Obesity Prevention meeting
Chef Ann Cooper http://www.chefann.com/ the Renegade Lunch Lady’s life work is to
transform how we feed our children in school each day, from highly processed to highly
nourishing food — one school lunch at a time.
Chez Panisse Foundation www.chezpanissefoundation.org The Chez Panisse Foundation is
committed to transforming public education by using food traditions to teach, nurture, and
empower young people. The foundation envisions a curriculum, integrated with the school lunch
service, in which growing, cooking and sharing food at the table give students the knowledge and
values to build a humane and sustainable future.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
CHP+ Child Health Plan Plus http://www.chpplus.org/ Know a family that needs health
insurance for their children? Pamphlet publication from CHP+
Colorado Action for Healthy Kids
http://take.actionforhealthykids.org/site/Clubs?club_id=1104&pg=main Non-profit and volunteer
network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve
nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready
to learn. The Colorado Team's focus for the 2010-2011 school year is on parent engagement.
Colorado Child and Adult Care Food Program
Colorado School Nutrition Page http://www.cde.state.co.us/index_nutrition.htm
                       WEB LINKS FOR SCHOOL NURSES
                 List compiled by the Colorado Regional Nurse Specialists
                                       January 2011

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
The Edible Schoolyard www.edibleschoolyard.org The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration
with Martin Luther King Middle School, engages 950 public school students in a one-acre
organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food as a unifying concept, students learn how to
grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden
foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promote the environmental
and social well-being of our school community.
Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/classroom-exercise-video Classroom Exercise Makes
Learning Lively - Four techniques for mental clarity from fitness expert Joel Kirsch.
First Focus www.firstfocus.net a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children
and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, backed by the W.K. Kellogg
Food Environment Atlas http://maps.ers.usda.gov/FoodAtlas/foodenv5.aspx Assembles
statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food
choices and diet quality and provides a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access
healthy food.
Get Fit Colorado 1-888-229-2804 Counselors Help Guide People to Weight Loss with
Information and Encouragement in state-funded program for residents of rural Colorado.
Get Fit and Be Active! A Handbook For Youths Ages 6–17
http://presidentschallenge.org/tools-resources/docs/getfit.pdf President’s Challenge
website also offering Fitness File, free software for teachers (coming in early 2011), will
make tracking your students’ progress and administering the Physical Fitness Test a
Head Start Body Start http://www.aahperd.org/headstartbodystart/ website is full of
resources and ideas to help you bring active play and meaningful movement to your Head
Start or early childhood program. Parents will also find activities and tools to inspire
creative, movement-based play and healthy food choices at home.
HealthFinder.Gov Childhood Obesity
Healthy Schools Campaign http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/programs/wellness/cd/t-2-
1-guidelines.htm an independent not-for-profit organization that is an authority on healthy
school environments and a voice for people who care about our environment, our
children, and education. Their mission is to advocate for policies and practices that
allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.
Health TeamWorks http://www.coloradoguidelines.org/ Formerly known as Colorado Clinical
Guidelines has long been recognized in Colorado for offering evidence-based clinical care
guidelines, the organization has expanded both its mission and national presence through
a commitment to larger healthcare system-level change.
Healthy Youth! CDC’s School Health Education Resources (SHER)
www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/ User-friendly access to a variety of school health education
offerings from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ CDC.
                        WEB LINKS FOR SCHOOL NURSES
                 List compiled by the Colorado Regional Nurse Specialists
                                       January 2011

Leadership for Healthy Communities www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org National
program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state
government leaders in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through healthier lifestyles.
Let’s Go! http://www.letsgo.org/For_You/Healthcare_Professionals_Toolkit.php
Let’s Move! (Michelle Obama’s campaign) http://www.letsmove.gov/ The Eat Health and Get
Active tabs include school-specific directions. The Healthy Schools has a narrative of the current
situation and a description of the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Program (link above). The
Active Schools has bullet-point suggestions plus links to the President’s Physical
LiveWell Colorado http://www.livewellcolorado.org/community-initiatives LiveWell
Colorado’s community investment strategy funds community coalitions working on healthy
eating and active living strategies at the local level. In 2010, LiveWell Colorado awarded $3.7
million in funding to 22 communities across the state. In addition to financial support provided
through a unique seven year funding cycle, LiveWell Colorado provides technical assistance and
opportunities for shared learnings and collaborations.
The Lunch Box! http://www.thelunchbox.org/ is an online toolkit with Healthy Tools For All
Schools, packed with solutions at your fingertips. Use any of these free tools to transform your
school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school.
Lunch Line Redesign
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/10/21/opinion/20101021_Oplunch.html Interactive
New York Times article that demonstrates how food item placement in a lunch line can change
eating behaviors.
My Pyramid http://www.mypyramid.gov/ My Pyramid Tracker online dietary and physical
activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity
status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.
My Pyramid Kids materials were designed specifically for children aged 6 to 11. MyPyramid
for Preschoolers children 2 to 5 years of age.
National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ):
http://www.nichq.org/childhood_obesity/index.html aim to eliminate the childhood obesity
epidemic by working with policy makers, clinical improvement professionals, and
healthcare professionals to ensure every child has access to high-quality care through a
medical home. Even as early as conception, parents, healthcare providers and leaders can
take steps during prenatal care to keep children fit and on track for a healthy future. As a
central part of NICHQ's vision, reversing the trend of childhood obesity is an intersection
of most of our projects, particularly our neonatal outcomes research, breastfeeding
initiative and school-based health centers work. Childhood Obesity Action Network
(COAN). Thanks for being a member of this web-based online community of healthcare
professionals in all 50 states and 5 countries! We aim to reverse the childhood obesity
epidemic in all 50 states.
National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Childhood Obesity Resources -
http://nihcm.org/page/childhood_obesity_additional_resources Childhood Obesity Resources
National Institute for Healthcare Management
http://nihcm.org/page/childhood_obesity_additional_resources The NIHCM Foundation is a
nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and
                        WEB LINKS FOR SCHOOL NURSES
                 List compiled by the Colorado Regional Nurse Specialists
                                       January 2011

quality of America's health care system. The Foundation conducts research, policy analysis and
educational activities on a range of health care issues. It fosters dialogue between the private
health care industry and government to find workable solutions to health system problems. The
Foundation gives awards each year for excellence in health care research and journalism. It also
serves as a clearinghouse for information on health care issues.
National School Boards Association www.nsba.org website is geared toward policymakers and
providing resources to enable informed decision making and development of programming.
NFL Rush http://www.nflrush.com/ This is a great website for the football fan! It includes
nutrition tips and games and encourages activity and healthy eating. It will link directly into your
favorite NFL team!!
The Obesity Society http://www.obesity.org/information/childhood_overweight.asp The
Obesity Society is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. Since
1982, The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and
treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new
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President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition http://www.fitness.gov/
Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs
http://nrckids.org/CFOC3/PDFVersion/preventing_obesity.pdf Selected standards from
the Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards 3rd
Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders
http://www.renfrew.org/resources/documents/Do_I_Contribute_to_Another’s_ED.pdf Advancing
the Education, Prevention, Research & Treatment of Eating Disorders
Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education
http://www.rmc.org/csh/csh.html Reversing the obesity epidemic requires a long-term, well-
coordinated approach to reach young people where they live, learn, and play, and schools
have an important role. Coordinated School Health provides a framework to organize
school health efforts around eight health-related components and staff: school nutrition
services; physical education; school health services; school health education; counseling,
psychological and social services; healthy school environment; family and community
involvement; and health promotion for staff.
Safe Routes To School http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
The School Lunch Initiative www.schoollunchinitiative.org The School Lunch Initiative (SLI)
envisions revolutionizing school lunch by making food a central part of the academic curriculum.
SLI includes gardens, kitchen classrooms, and lunchrooms as contexts for learning. It restores
                        WEB LINKS FOR SCHOOL NURSES
                 List compiled by the Colorado Regional Nurse Specialists
                                       January 2011

connections between what children are taught and what they experience, between nutrition,
health, and the ability to learn, between local communities and the farms that feed them.
Shaping America’s Youth:
http://www.shapingamericasyouth.com/Programs.aspx?page=search Program Registry
database includes all the programs that have completed the Shaping America’s Youth
Survey since it was initiated in November 2003, and that requested that their program be
included in this registry. The descriptive information was provided by the individual
Slow Food USA www.slowfoodusa.org Slow Food USA’s Slow Food in Schools is a unique
national program of garden-to-table projects for children that cultivates the senses and teaches an
ecological approach to food.
Small Step Kids http://smallstep.gov/kids/flash/index.html interactive website for
elementary age kids.
SPARK School Specialty’s Physical Education and Wellness Program
http://www.sparkpe.org/ It is currently being implemented in over 7,500 schools and
after-school programs across the United States and Canada. By teaching children that
healthy eating and being physically active every day can be FUN, the CATCH Program
has proven that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior changes
that can last a lifetime.
State Health Facts by the Kaiser Family Foundation
Take 10 www.take10.net Take time to be physically active! Physical activity anywhere,
even in the classroom
U.S. Department of Education www.ED.gov Extensive list of policies Research area includes
school statistical reports both district-wide and nation-wide.
Walk to School www.walktoschool.org
Western Dairy Association http://westerndairyassociation.org/store/calcium-and-dairy-
education/special-offer/ Low cost educational materials. See the Difference nutrient Bar Graph
Cards help teach the nutrient-rich foods concept to audiences of many ages by providing a visual
comparison of the nutrient composition of foods. Each set includes an eight-page Leader Guide
and 50 bar graph cards. These cards complement our Food Models — life-size cardboard
photographs of 200 commonly-eaten foods with nutrition facts information.

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