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Healthy Schools

Children need our support


The proportion of children who have obesity has increased three-fold since 1976. Changes in our kids’ environments, including schools, have contributed to the increase in childhood obesity. Obesity can impact attendance, academic performance and emotional well-being. Since our children spend up to half of their waking hours in school, it’s an ideal place to not only teach healthy eating habits and active living but also to assure an environment and policies that support healthy behaviors. While schools play a critical role in establishing healthy practices and policies, support from parents, teachers and the greater community are vital for long-term success.

Healthy Schools Working Group


Increase the number of schools that have written and implemented the priority school wellness policies for the Kansas City area.

What’s been accomplished?


In 2012, Weighing In conducted a School Wellness Assessment Study. Forty-six school districts in the Kansas City Metropolitan area participated. Written wellness policies were reviewed and current practice information was gathered through online surveys with school personnel. The data was reviewed by the Healthy Schools Working Group, and eleven priority policies were identified. Resource documents were developed for administrators, teachers and parents. Each of these three guides give details on current policies, why each policy is important, ideas for implementation, as well as a list of related resources.

School wellness resources


Select the resource guide(s) that are most helpful to your school community. 

 

Get Involved


For more information or to join the Healthy Schools Working Group, please contact weighingin@cmh.edu.

Meetings


Next Meeting

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
1-2 p.m. 
KCK Public School Central Offices
2010 N 58th Street, Kansas City, KS 66104
1st floor, room 333