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For Families
A Food Guide Pyramid for Kids
      The new Food Guide Pyramid for Kids, the first food pyramid specifically aimed
      at children 6 to 11 years old, is available along with games, helpful tips, and
      educational materials at http://www.mypyramid.gov/kids/index.html


Ideas for Healthy Snacks
        The Center for Science in the Public Interest, with input from experts and parents,
        developed two resources with healthy snack ideas for parents, teachers, after
        school programs, and other caregivers. There is a one-page version that can be
        used as a handout or model newsletter article at
        http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/snacks_summary.pdf.
        There is also a more extensive list of snack ideas for people and programs that
        want more detail at www.cspinet.org/healthysnacks


Increasing Activity - VERB
       VERB is a national, multicultural, social marketing campaign coordinated by the
       Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that encourages young people
       to be physically active every day. This web site includes resources and
       information to make regular physical activity "cool" for young people and a fun
       thing to do.
       http://www.verbnow.com/


Fruits & Veggies – More Matters
The CDC and the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), have partnered with
many other organizations to launch a new public health initiative Fruits & Veggies-More
Matters. The new site offers the following:
        A calculator to find out how many fruits and vegetables you need each day, based
     on your daily calories needs
        Tips on how to include fruits and vegetables in your daily diet
        Information on exciting new fruits and vegetables to try
        Delicious recipes and much more!
        http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/


HealthierUS.gov
       If you talk to Americans, there is hope. They say they generally know what will
       make them healthier, but they are confused about what specific information is
       credible and accurate. HealthierUS.gov will be that source of credible, accurate
       information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives.
       http://www.healthierus.gov/
Body and Mind (BAM)
      This site is an interactive tool for adolescents, providing up-to-date information
      and encouragement to increase their level of physical activity and establish fitness
      habits that will stay with them for life.
      http://www.bam.gov/


Choosing Healthier Foods and Increasing Activity
      The risk of obesity among Asian-American children increases the longer they are
      in the United States. The School of Public Health at the University of California,
      Berkley, offers materials for families in English, Vietnamese, and Korean about
      making healthy choices and being active.
      http://nature.berkeley.edu/cwh/activities/asian_lang_publications.shtml#increase


For Professionals

Legislation and Regulations
The Child Nutrition and Women Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of
2004 (P.L. 108-265)
       This act amends and renews the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act
       and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. Section 204 requires that all local education
       agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program create local wellness
       policies before the start of the 2006-2007 school year. In response to this
       mandate, both federal and non-federal agencies have responded with tools and
       resources for schools to assist with developing local wellness policies.
       http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Legislation/Historical/PL_108-265.pdf


RI Senate Bill 565 SUB A, Chapter 79 / House Bill 5563 SUB A, Chapter 74
       This law amends RIGL §16-2-9 and §16-7.1-2 and creates §16-21-28. The law:
           • Broadens the powers and duties of school committees to include the health
               and wellness of students and employees;
           • Requires that the school committee establish a school health and wellness
               subcommittee responsible for – but not limited to – the development of
               policies, strategies and implementation plans that meet the requirements of
               the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. A member of
               the school committee must chair the committee. Membership must be a
               majority not employed by the school district, and include at least one
               parent; and,
           • Requires that district strategic plans include strategies to decrease obesity
               and improve the health and wellness of students and employees through
               nutrition, physical activity, health education and physical education.
       http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law05/law05074.htm
       http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law05/law05076.htm
Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs (R-16-21-SCHO)
       State of Rhode Island Departments of Education and Health (last amended June
       2005)
       “The Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs are promulgated
       pursuant to the authority conferred under RIGL Chapters 16-21, 35-4, and 23-1-
       18(4) and are established for the purpose of adopting prevailing standards
       pertaining to school health programs.”
       http://www.rules.state.ri.us/rules/released/pdf/DOH/DOH_3592.pdf


For Professionals

School Wellness Policy Tools and Examples
       Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition
       (These are included in Tools section of this toolkit)

       School District Nutrition and Physical Activity Model Policy Language
       http://www.thriveri.org/documents/3.4_RI_Model_Policy_Language.pdf

       Nutrition Guidelines for School Vending and A La Carte Foods
       http://www.thriveri.org/documents/3.5_RI_Nutrition_Guidelines.pdf

       RI Approved Product List: School Vending & A La Carte Foods in RI Schools
       http://www.thriveri.org/documents/3.6_RI_Approved_Products.pdf


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
       Team Nutrition: Local Wellness Policy
       This clearinghouse contains reference materials to assist school districts with
       developing local wellness policies for physical activity and nutrition, tools and
       resources for implementation, and un-reviewed sample policies.
       http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Healthy/wellnesspolicy.html


Action for Healthy Kids
       Wellness Policy Tool
       This searchable database was developed by Action for Healthy Kids in
       partnership with CDC to compliment USDA's local wellness policy web site. This
       site helps districts identify policy options and write their own policies. Users can
       adapt or copy sample language from un-reviewed policies gathered from across
       the country.
       http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/wellnesstool/index.php
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA)
       Model School Wellness Policies
       “The model nutrition and physical activity policies below meet the new federal
       requirement. This comprehensive set of model nutrition and physical activity
       policies is based on nutrition science, public health research, and existing
       practices from exemplary states and local school districts around the country. The
       NANA work group's first priority was to promote children's health and well-
       being. However, feasibility of policy implementation also was considered.”
       http://www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org/

New England Dairy & Food Council
      School Wellness resources
      This site provides step-by-step resources for creating wellness councils and
      policies, including:
          • The Law
          • Getting Started
          • Policy Development Tools
          • Nutrition and Fitness Support Materials, and
          • Wellness Resource Links
          • Power point presentation “Developing A Local Wellness Policy” from the
              School Nutrition Association
      http://www.newenglanddairycouncil.org/ (see School Wellness on sidebar)

School Health Programs
       This web site shows how important quality school health programs are for all
       children. The site provides information for parents, school personnel, and
       community leaders to help make sure that all children get the information they
       need to grow up healthy.
       http://www.schoolhealth.org

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
       This site provides information for school personnel, health professionals, parents
       and students on a wide variety of health topics related to schools. A list serve is
       available also.
       http://www.healthinschools.org

The American Cancer Society and School Health Councils
      Promoting Healthy Youth, Schools, and Communities - A Guide to Community-
      School Health Councils
      This guide provides detailed instructions for creating and running a School Health
      Council, with chapters on creating a vision, developing an action plan, taking
      action, and maintaining momentum.
      http://www.cancer.org/downloads/PED/Guide_to_Community_School_Health_C
      ouncils.pdf
National Association of School Boards of Education (NASBE)
       Safe and Healthy Schools Project
       “NASBE aims to assist policymakers and practitioners create safe, healthy, and
       nurturing school environments for all of the nation's children and youth. The Safe
       and Healthy Schools Project maintains a constantly-updated online database of
       state school health policies of all 50 states’ laws and policies regarding 39 major
       topics in school health. NASBE has also developed an array of landmark policy
       guides on a variety of issues concerning children, youth, and school health that
       have helped inform the development of education policies across the country.”
       http://www.nasbe.org/index.php/prjects-separator/shs

       Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: A School Health Policy Guide, Parts I, II, III
       “The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) of the Centers for
       Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked NASBE to help states, districts, and
       schools develop policies that would help prevent long-term chronic diseases. The
       resulting policy guide complements CDC's school health guidelines, which
       provide state-of-the-art, scientifically reliable information on what constitutes
       effective school health programs.”
       http://www.nasbe.org/index.php/prjects-separator/shs/78-model-policies/122-
       policies-to-encourage-healthy-eating


For Professionals

School Physical Activity & Nutrition Self-Assessment Tools
Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition
       Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey
       (This is included in Tools section of this toolkit)
       http://www.newenglanddairycouncil.org/wellness/RI-School-Nutrition-PA-
       Survey.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
       School Health Index (SHI)
       “The SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve
       their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely
       confidential… This popular self-assessment and planning tool for schools is now
       available online!… Just need a paper copy? Download the PDF, customize and
       print a copy, or order a printed copy.”
       http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/shi/

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
       Changing the Scene
       “USDA developed this kit of materials to help you take action to improve your
       school nutrition environment. A Guide to Local Action [PDF] is the centerpiece.
       The kit:
           • Gives you general guidelines for establishing your team and planning for
               change
           • Explains each of the six components of a healthy school nutrition
               environment
           • Provides criteria for determining success
           • Offers ideas for getting activities started
           • Presents guidelines for identifying, contacting, and working with all the
               groups you want actively involved on your team
           • Provides tips for attracting media attention and working effectively with
               the media
           • Cites references and resources
       The kit also includes Support Materials and Other Resources”
       http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Healthy/kit.html


For Professionals

Reports on Schools and Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity
Institute of Medicine
        Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance
        “In 2002, Congress charged the Institute of Medicine (IOM) with developing a
        prevention-focused action plan to decrease the number of obese children and
        youth in the United States. The primary emphasis of the charge was to examine
        the behavioral, social, cultural, and other broad environmental factors involved in
        childhood obesity and to identify promising approaches for prevention efforts.”
        This web site contains a report about the action plans and childhood obesity facts.
        http://www.iom.edu/focuson.asp?id=22593


National Association of School Boards of Education (NASBE)
       State Education Standard, Vol. 5, No. 2, December 2004, “The Obesity
       Epidemic: What Schools Can Do”
       This edition includes articles on the role of schools, health policies, and more.
       http://www.nasbe.org/index.php/standard/276-ses-oe-v52


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
       Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
       “Public Health Strategies for Preventing and Controlling Overweight and Obesity
       in School and Worksite Settings: A Report on Recommendations of the Task
       Force on Community Preventive Services.” MMWR October 7, 2005 /
       54(RR10);1-12.
       http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5410a1.htm
       http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5410.pdf

				
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