School Health

Strategies for School Health

Strategy 10:

Support the development, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition and physical activity Local Wellness Policies in collaboration with Local Education Agencies (LEAs)

Strategy 11:

Improve student, teacher, and staff access to nutrition information through menu labeling and classroom curriculum to improve student understanding of nutrition information

Strategy 12:

Support comprehensive school physical activity programming

Resources for School Health

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FFY18 School Health Subcommittee Meeting 9.13.18

Posted on September 13, 2018

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Let's Play Arizona Recess Toolkit

Posted on August 22, 2018

When you think back to elementary school, recess is often a highlight of the day. Recess was a time to play with friends and socialize. Research shows that recess is more than just a break from classroom time — it helps students not only increase their daily physical activity promoting healthy growth and development, but also helps students practice social skills (e.g., cooperation, following rules, problem solving, negotiation, sharing, communication), positively engage in classroom activities (e.g., being on-task, not being disruptive), and enhance cognitive performance (e.g., attention, memory). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the following benefits of recess for students:

• Increasing their level of physical activity.

• Improving their memory, attention, and concentration.

• Helping them stay on-task in the classroom.

• Reducing disruptive behavior in the classroom.

• Improving their social and emotional development (e.g.,


The evidence is clear - healthy, active students are ready to learn and contribute to a positive school climate.

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FFY18 School Health Subcommittee Minutes 07-2018

Posted on July 13, 2018

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SLM Implementation Guide for Student Groups

Posted on April 17, 2018

This Guide (created by the AZ Health Zone Cooperative Extension - Nutritional Sciences) is meant to be used with student groups to give them an opportunity to provide schools with knowledge, motivation, and resources needed to build a lunchroom environment to make healthier choices.

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Strategies for Recess in Schools

Posted on December 13, 2017

This document, Strategies for Recess in Schools, describes strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to help increase participation in physical activity and improve academic achievement (e.g., performance, behavior, attention). The audiences for this document include state and school district leaders that provide technical assistance and professional development on recess

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Step By Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus At Your School

Posted on December 11, 2017

The purpose of this guide is to provide a clear description of how to plan and organize a walking school bus using adult volunteers as leaders. This step-by-step guide outlines how to plan and implement a walking school bus for your school, and includes proven tools, tips and resources for a fast and easy start. Whether or not you are familiar with SRTS, this guide will get you started on the right foot.

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Safe Routes to Schools Talking Points: A Factsheet to Help Create Safe Routes to School in Your Community_EN_ES

Posted on August 9, 2017

This fact sheet provides talking points and information to help communities create Safe Routes to School programs and policies. English_Spanish

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Healthy School Meals Tip Sheet Series

Posted on August 9, 2017

This series of tip sheets help to implement the updated nutrition standards for school lunches.

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Youth-Led Participatory Action Research Orientation (YPAR) Intervention

Posted on July 18, 2017

YPAR is a proven framework and model used to engage, empower, and activate youth on research to improve their schools, afterschool programs, communities, and/or service groups. YPAR is a model SNAP-Ed program, as noted in the SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions Toolkit. Implementing this program requires a Training and Technical Assistance, which is provided by the Public Health Institute in California: Contact Amy DeLisio, MPH, RD • (916) 265-4042 x109 •

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Model Statute Limiting Food Marketing at Schools

Posted on June 14, 2017

This resource is a state-level tool for state boards of education, state policymakers, and school health advocates supporting healthy school food environments.

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Key Contacts for School Health

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes

AZ Health Zone School Health Specialist