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School Wellness Councils

Why have a school wellness committee?
Have you ever thought about how much time your child spends at school? Next to the home, kids spend more time at school than anywhere else, so why not make sure schools are the healthiest places for our youth? Schools are the perfect place to initiate and educate about the importance of healthy choices and actions. A school wellness committee will bring together educators, parents, and entire communities to make sure that our children are setting themselves up for the healthiest life possible!

How do you get started?
Creating a wellness council is much easier than you think! Many successful programs have created tool kits and guides to help new schools like yours develop the best possible council, in the most efficient way! Just click on the following tool kits and get started!

Tools for your school!

School Health Index
Use this School Health Index Assessment and Planning Guide created in 2014 by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help schools evaluate how much the school is doing to be a healthy institution, and where changes can be made. The SHI includes an action plan that will help to decide if changes can be made through policies, programs, or other solutions. The School Health Index Assessment and Planning Guide can be found here
Healthier Generation Tool Kit
This tool kit was designed specifically to help start and grow a school wellness committee. The tool kit provides sample programs, evaluations and assessments that will decipher how your committee can most benefit your school! Visit  Healthier Generation's website to download your copy.
Other Helpful Links:
A youth weight management program offered to children to children and their familys to promote healthy weight and healhier lifestyles. Click here to visit their webpage.

LGH Guide to Get Moving:
A free guide to area parks and recreation centers. Click here to download our free guide.

CDC School Health Policy Study:
The School Health Policies and Practices Study* (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/shpps/ for the most recent report.  



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Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition is a group of concerned individuals, organizations and employers, in partnership with Lancaster General Health, who want to increase the number of children and adults in Lancaster County who are at a healthy weight.

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