• Healthy Food in Schools proudly supports…

    …wellness programs available to schools and districts. The following is a brief selection of national programs. At Healthy Food in Schools, you will find frequently updated resources and links to other school wellness grant opportunities.

    Action for Healthy Kids

    Founded in response to U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher’s report, AFHK is a public-private partnership of more than 50 national organizations and government agencies representing education, health, fitness and nutrition. Its goal is to address the epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished youth by focusing on changes in schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. State-level teams coordinate school-based programs, and provide tools and other resources. Anyone interested in nutrition and physical activity is invited to join their state’s team. The national organization conducts research, issues reports and offers an online wellness policy tool and other resources. For more information, visit Action for Healthy Kids on the web.

    Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP)

    Research indicates that student health and learning improve when families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth, and young people themselves are systematically involved. With that in mind, the CDC developed the CSHP model to promote youth well-being through eight interactive components covering nutrition services, health services, health education, physical education, staff wellness, counseling and social services, and family and community involvement. This program is currently being implemented in many schools across the nation. For more information, visit the CDC’s Coordinated School Health Program

    Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH)

    Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) is a coordinated school health program which builds an alliance of parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime. It is based on the largest school-based health promotion study ever done. Over 5,000 children participated in the study, which demonstrated that a multi-pronged approach helped increase levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and improved eating habits. Schools in 20 states have adopted the program, which is coordinated by a Texas based consortium. Note that there are fees associated with the program’s training and curriculum. For more information, visit CATCH.

    President’s Council on Physical Fitness

    President’s Council on Physical Fitness sponsors The President’s Challenge, a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. Under this umbrella, The Physical Fitness and Health Fitness program for schools was developed. The Challenge also provides extras like Fitness File, a free new online tool that makes fitness testing as simple for schools as possible. When you register your school, you can use Fitness File to track all your students’ results in both the Physical Fitness and Health Fitness programs. Or you can register a group to use the free group Activity Tracker for the Active Lifestyle and Presidential Champions programs. For more information, visit the President’s Council of Physical Fitness.

    The Healthy Schools Program

    Launched in 2006 by Alliance for a Healthier Generation with funding from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, The Healthy Schools Program sets standards for schools, helps schools meet those standards, and recognizes and rewards those schools that meet the standards. The program provides individual consultation to schools and school districts to support their efforts to meet goals of the program. It also provides tools and materials on good nutrition, appropriate physical activity for children and staff wellness. While any school is eligible to apply for the recognition program, the program places special emphasis on reaching schools that have limited resources and serve students of disadvantaged socioeconomic status. For more information, visit the Healthy Schools Program.


    PE4Life is a non-profit organization that promotes healthy living by advancing the development of quality, daily physical education programs for all children. The program seeks to engage all students in physical activity, regardless of their current fitness level. The organization offers resources, training and grants to help schools improve their PE programs. For more information, visit PE4Life.

    Safe Routes to School

    Schools across the U.S. are using Safe Routes to School programs to encourage and enable more children to safely walk and bike to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School aims to assist communities in developing successful Safe Routes programs and strategies. The Center offers a centralized resource of information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs, and many other resources for training and technical assistance. For more information, visit Safe Routes.

    USDA Eat Smart. Play Hard. Program

    Eat Smart. Play Hard. is a campaign sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture that provides practical suggestions and resources to help motivate children and their caregivers to eat healthy and be active. Many states have adopted this program or adapted it to meet their state goals. The campaign website contains information and resources to help get started, make smart choices, prepare meals, and increase physical activity. In addition, visitors can download a Calorie Burner Chart, the My Pyramid Tracker and the ESPH Tracking Card. For more information, visit the USDA’s Eat Smart Program.

    HealthierUS School Challenge

    USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has established the HealthierUS School Challenge to encourage schools to take specific steps to improve their programs and address obesity, recognize those who choose to do so and encourage other schools to follow their lead. HealthierUS Schools can be certified as either Silver or Gold Schools, according to standards established by FNS. For more information, visit the HealthierUS School Challenge.