March’07 | eBlast
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is dedicated to providing the information and tools to help
fight childhood obesity. Please find below the latest news, resources, events and grants directly
relating to children’s health and wellness.
Join us to learn about the Healthy Schools Program and the resources available on the
Alliance Website! We will be presenting an overview of the Healthy Schools Program,
demonstrating how to register for the Healthy Schools Builder, discussing basic
implementation and integration ideas and highlighting helpful resources on our website.
The training session will be given by Monika Davis, Healthy Schools Virtual Program Manager
for the Alliance, on Tuesday, March 27th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (PDT) and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
(PDT) via conference call and a website-based presentation. In order to participate in the
training, please email Monika Davis at Monika.Davis@HealthierGeneration.org with your
name, email, school or organization name, and preferred time. We will confirm your
participation as well as provide you with directions on how to call in and log-in for the training.
Healthy Schools Program Overview Training Session
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Times: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (PDT) or 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
Key aspects of HSP Process (Steps to a Healthy School)
Healthy Schools Builder
Resource Database and Implementers’ Toolkits
Where to Find What You’re Looking For
Points of Interest
Upcoming on the website…
Questions or Comments
The National AfterSchool Conference is scheduled for March 21-23, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona.
2007 Survey of External Support for K-12 School Districts
The survey, conducted by DeHavilland Associates, offers insights into how community/school
partnerships are structured and what types of relationships schools and districts have
Key findings from this survey include: (1) When asked to rank the importance of current
partners to their efforts, respondents put individual businesses first, parent organizations
second, and booster clubs third; (2) When asked to rank the partners with whom they'd most
like to develop relationships, business coalitions came in first, followed by individual
businesses and regional/national foundations; (3) Most school districts do not have established
systematic procedures to recruit and monitor partnerships; (4) There were clear differences in
the responses of suburban, urban, and rural schools and districts. Those in suburban areas
note generally higher levels of support from community-based partners; those in urban areas
receive greater support from institutional partners (nonprofits, foundations, and postsecondary
institutions); and those in rural areas record below-average levels of support from every
partner with the exception of booster clubs; and (5) 46 percent of school districts report
receiving support from a local education fund or school foundation.
The Center for Young Women’s Health
The Center for Young Women’s Health, a Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s
Hospital, Boston, has a website dedicated to the health of adolescents and young women.
The website contains content including health articles, quizzes and resources for teen girls and
young women, resources for clinicians, and curricula for health educators.
Physical Education in Public Schools: American Heart Association Fact Sheet
The American Heart Association has updated their fact sheet on Physical Education in Public
Schools. Please find the fact sheet attached below.
A Guide of Family-School Partnerships
This guide reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for
improving interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that PTA groups are
constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the
classroom. The guide has been written for educators as well as parent and community
leaders, and contains tools to engage families in ways that will improve student achievement.
The website contains excerpts of the book along with information on how to order the book.
The University of Baltimore Obesity Report Card™: An Overview
Researchers at the University of Baltimore have created a report card for each state’s efforts to
pass obesity control measures. Their goal is to provide a comparison to be used by state
legislators and systems professionals in the hopes of stimulating a response to this health
crisis. Graphic maps and charts make it easy to review the information, including current and
proposed legislation. A map of State rankings is available at:
Take Action: Healthy People, Places, and Practices in Communities Project
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Public Health and Science,
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Regional Health Administrators
are requesting proposals from small, community-based groups to evaluate a unique set of
healthy lifestyles activities conducted in local settings in support of the President's HealthierUS
initiative. More information is available on their website or in the attached document. The
deadline to submit an application is March 30, 2007.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be hosting two upcoming training sessions:
School Beverage Guidelines – We will cover:
Adopting the Alliance Beverage Guidelines as your school beverage policy
Best practices and tips for working with bottlers
Ideas on amending current contracts
Ideas for gaining acceptance among the school community
A sneak peak at the new Alliance School Beverage Guidelines online toolkit and have
an opportunity to provide feedback
Healthy Schools Program Overview – We will cover:
An overview of the Healthy Schools Program
How to use the Healthy Schools Builder
Basic implementation and integration ideas
Helpful resources on our website
School Beverage Guidelines Training Session
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007
Times: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (PDT) or 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
Healthy Schools Program Overview Training Session
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Times: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (PDT) or 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
In order to participate in the Alliance’s training session, please email Monika Davis at
Monika.Davis@HealthierGeneration.org with your name, email, school name, preferred time
and topic selection. We will confirm your participation as well as provide you with directions on
how to call-in and log-in for the training.
In order to participate in the Alliance’s training sessions, all attendees must be affiliated with a
school that is participating in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program. If your school is not yet
participating in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, but you would like to join the training
session, please visit our website at www.HealthierGeneration.org/HSB to register your school
prior to the training session. Participation in the Healthy Schools Program is free and provides
your school with access to the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Builder (HSB) and other resources.
The HSB is an online tool that helps schools identify their status as a healthy school, and
guides them through the process of assessing their needs and developing customized action
plans to promote a healthier school environment.
March is National Nutrition Month
National Cancer Institute Launches New Website
The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities’ (CRCHD)
website, offers researchers and those interested in cancer disparities easily accessible info
and resources. New features on the website include:
“For Researchers” section: links to funding and training opportunities and info about the
grant application process, for those interested in cancer health disparities research.
Current and timely info about special CRCHD cancer health disparities initiatives,
upcoming meetings and events, research resources and tools, and CRCHD staff
“Education” section, for practitioners and the public: minority-focused info including
cancer statistics, links to NCI publications for patients and their families, access to
seminal reports and milestones in health disparities, health disparities timeline and
definition, links to cancer and disparities resources.
Whole Grains Council Launches Grassroots Campaign: Just Ask!
Starting in March, the Whole Grains Council and Oldways are introducing a new program,
"Just Ask for Whole Grains", to help consumers to bring at least one whole grain choice to
every menu in America. The grassroots campaign is encouraging Americans to ask questions
and make requests for more whole grains on menus. The website offers tools to help
consumers "Just Ask" – including whole grain prizes for consumers and for their favorite
restaurants, along with "Whole Grain Report Cards" diners can leave behind to send a
message to management.
Healthy Schools Product Navigator
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has created a free online tool to help schools create a
shopping list of snack foods that meet the Alliance’s Competitive Foods Guidelines. The easy
to use tool allows you to browse the catalog of snack food items, add items to your shopping
list, and print for easy ordering. To try out the Healthy Schools Product Navigator, please visit
Tennessee Department of Education: Physical Activity Resources & Tips
The Tennessee Department of Education has created the attached document regarding
physical activity. It contains resources and other tips on how to incorporate more physical
activity into the school day.
Shaping America’s Youth (SAY) Survey
Shaping America’s Youth® (SAY), the national initiative uniting efforts to improve nutrition and
increase physical activity in America’s children, encourages all organizations and programs
working in areas related to childhood overweight to participate in the SAY online survey. More
than 1,100 programs have completed the SAY survey, providing information about their
populations, methods, funding, and outcomes. This information is available in a searchable
national program registry on the SAY website. Data from the SAY survey was used by the
Institute of Medicine to assess the current status of interventions for its recent report Progress
in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up?. As stated by William H. Dietz,
MD, PhD, director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at CDC: “We need a
complete picture of what’s being done by whom and where so that we can clearly identify best
practices and a common dialogue to address this growing epidemic, which is why we urge
programs to complete the SAY survey.” The survey, program registry, and a wide array of
childhood obesity information and resources are available at www.shapingamericasyouth.org.
FRAC Releases Summer Food Standards of Excellence for Effective Summer Meals Planning
The Food Research and Action Center released Summer Food Standards of Excellence to
help organizations serving children’s meals through the Summer Food Service Program with
effective food planning. When summer meal sites serve quality, child-friendly, healthy food, it
attracts children to the program and makes them more likely to consistently participate
throughout the summer. FRAC created Summer Food Standards of Excellence to identify and
promote quality summer food sites. The primary goal of evaluating summer food sites and
encouraging them to meet high standards is to improve the food quality and the site
Going Local: Paths to Success for Farm to School Programs
"Going Local: Paths to Success for Farm to School Programs" is a new resource from the
National Farm to School Program, Center for Food & Justice, Occidental College and the
Community Food Security Coalition. With case studies from eight states - California, Florida,
Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Oregon, the
publication provides a snapshot of the diverse ways in which farm to school is making a
difference nationwide. The case studies in this publication will facilitate a better understanding
of the farm to school approach and encourage the development of future programs. To
download the publication for free, visit
http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/cfj/publications/goinglocal.pdf or to request print copies,
contact the Center for Food & Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinars – Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is offering free Webinars to help your school meet the
Healthy Schools Program Recognition Criteria. Please find attached a flyer with information
about the upcoming Webinars as well as how to register. For additional information please
visit our Webinar webpage at http://healthiergeneration.org/calendar-webinars.aspx or contact
Monika Davis at Monika.Davis@HealthierGeneration.org.
Food for Thought: Television Food Advertising to Children in the United States
As the fight against childhood obesity escalates, the issue of food advertising to children has
come under increasing scrutiny. To help inform this debate, the Kaiser Family Foundation
released the largest study ever conducted of TV food advertising to children. The study, Food
for Thought: Television Food Advertising to Children in the United States, combines content
analysis of TV ads with detailed data about children’s viewing habits to provide an estimate of
the number and type of TV ads seen by children of various ages. The report was released at a
forum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, that featured U.S. Senator Sam
Brownback, food industry leaders, health officials and consumer advocates.
A New Compact to Educate the Whole Child
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) new public
engagement campaign encourages schools and communities to work together to ensure each
student has access to a challenging curriculum in a healthy and supportive climate.
Improving Nutrition and Wellness in Schools Webinar
The Webinar was hosted by District Administration and featured Brenda Z. Greene, director of
the School Health Programs Department for the National School Boards Association (NSBA)
and a panel of experts, addressed how to:
Develop health-promoting school environments
Offer inviting and nutritious menu choices
Meet state and national wellness program guidelines
Review health and nutrition case studies and success stories
Implement quality wellness programs in your school
To watch the recorded Webinar, please visit
3 A Day Grant Information
The 3-A-Day of Dairy Nutrition Education Grant Program, to be implemented within the school
environment, is designed to empower children ages 9-18 to be advocates of healthy eating by
including three servings a day of milk, cheese or yogurt. The program provides several $5,000
grants. The deadline to submit an application is April 6, 2007.
Grants for Reading, Arts, and Family Violence Prevention Programs
Target Local Store Grants fund programs that encourage young children, ages birth through
nine, to read together with their families; local art activities such as cultural festivals and free
outdoor concerts; and programs such as family counseling and parenting classes that help
prevent family violence. The deadline to submit an application is May 31, 2007.
Funding for Projects Benefiting Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation offers grants of up to $2,000 each for projects that are
designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served
by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power;
promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access
or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Small and start-up organizations
with budgets of less than $150,000 are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit
an application is August 15, 2007.
WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others
The WHO Foundation supports projects and programs that address the health, education, and
social service needs of women and children. Preference will be given to organizations with an
operating budget of $3 million or less, those not dependent on government grants, and those
with greater program than personnel costs. The deadline to submit an application is
September 11, 2007.
Saucony Run for Good
Saucony is offering grants to encourage running, up to $10K for non-profit organizations