Here you will find information, resources, and links to many areas of importance to help promote a healthy environment in your school or district.  We want all students in Georgia to have a safe, encouraging, supportive, and healthy environment at school so they can be happy, strong, and academically successful.

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Governor's Shape Honor Roll

This award recognizes elementary, middle, and high schools for their dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students, and community. Georgia's K-12 public schools are invited to submit an application to be recognized by the Governor's Office, the Georgia Department of Education, and the Georgia Department of Public Health for their exceptional participation in the annual fitness assessment data collection process as well as their commitment to efforts that improve student wellness. All applicants who meet the requirements of recognition and submit proper documentation will be rewarded for their outstanding efforts.

Ready to apply? Questions? Contact Georgia Shape 

Farm to School Month: October

October is Farm to School Month and schools across Georgia are celebrating all things carrots! Rooting for Carrots is a state-wide celebration to get kids eating, growing and participating in carrot-themed activities. To participate in Rooting for Carrots at your school, go to www.georgiaorganics.org/for-schools/rooting-for-carrots to sign-up and you will receive free electronic resources to help you plan and implement your activities. Resources include standards-based lesson plans, recipes, a step-by-step guide on conducting a carrot taste test, activities, videos, school garden planting and harvesting information, and more!

The first 400 people to sign-up will get a free packet of carrot seeds and a Georgia Planting and Harvest Calendar for school gardens. Share your Rooting for Carrots pictures on social media with #RootingforCarrots and win a prize for posting the most photos! Questions? Visit www.georgiaorganics.org/for-schools/rooting-for-carrots or email emilycd@georgiaorganics.org

National PTA Healthy Lifestyles

The Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools that connect them with schools and advocate for healthy changes in nutrition and physical activity. Click here for great resources and ideas for your school or district.

Smart Snacks

What are Smart Snacks? Foods and beverages that are sold to students during the school day (defined as midnight before the school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day). Only foods sold during this time frame and on the school campus must meet the Smart Snacks guidelines. Foods and beverages that are given away do not have to meet these guidelines because they are not being sold. Also, foods sold outside of the defined school day or on weekends, such as at evening football games, do not have to comply with the Smart Snacks guidelines.

Healthy Concessions at Your School

Tired of the hot dogs and pizza? Want to add a few new items that provide good nutrition for your student and parents at games? We can help you put together a plan for ideas for your concession stand. Contact Pamela Wynn at healthwellness@georgiapta.org for more info.

Safe Routes to School

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity once again. Georgia's SRTS Resource Center assists schools and communities with education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, planning and other non-construction related SRTS activities.

Start now to get your school moving. Plan to participate in the International Walk to School Day in October or the Georgia Walk or Bike to School Day in the spring. Click here for more info.

Tobacco-Free School Policy Information

Does your school or district have an effective Tobacco-free policy; one that includes e-cigarettes? Get all the resources you need to implement a smart policy: http://dph.georgia.gov/schools.gov

Mental Health

Please visit the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities for information at: http://dbhdd.georgia.gov/. You can also visit their main site for helpful resources at: http://dph.georgia.gov

Drug Abuse and Prevention

Do you need information regarding teen drinking and drug usage for your school? Contact Brittany Newton at Voices 4 Prevention at 404-747-2401 or info@v4pga.org

 Wellness Policy

Want to help create a healthy, fun school environment? You can make a difference at your school. Do you have a Wellness Committee? What does your wellness policy say? Ask if you can be on the team! There are many things you can do to kick off the school year. Talk to PTA members. Ask other parents around you if they would like to help. Speak to the principal to get his or her views on the vision of a healthy school. Don’t get overwhelmed! We can help. Contact Pamela Wynn, Health & Wellness Chair for the Georgia PTA healthwellness@georgiapta.org  or visit here for more information

Health is a state of physical, emotional and mental well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.   Children's health has always been a priority of the PTA.   Issues have included childhood asthma, sun safety, tobacco use, alcohol and drug abuse, risky sexual behaviors, obesity, and mental health.

Comprehensive school health programs should be developed, instead of zeroing in on crisis situations. A coordinated school health program consists of eight components: healthful school environment; health services; health education; physical education; counseling, psychological, and social services; nutrition services; family and community involvement; and health promotion for staff. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the CDC, provides a detailed explanation of each of these components.

Immunization News

The Georgia Department of Human Resources made changes to immunization requirements for children entering schools and attending childcare facilities, effective July 1, 2007.   You can view an archived web cast of the March 1st Video Interactive Conference System (VICS) program, which focused on "Changes to the Georgia DHR Immunization Rules & Regulations for Childcare and School."   Additionally, you can download resources from the web cast that can be printed and photocopied for distribution.

For more information, call the Georgia Immunization Program at (404) 657-3158, or visit http://dph.georgia.gov/immunization-section.

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Join the Team!

Do you have great ideas? Have you done something that is working very well at your school? Let us know about it? Do you have any questions? Contact Pamela Wynn, Health & Wellness Chair at healthwellness@georgiapta.org

Wellness Calendar

Review the different monthly events are related to all areas of health, wellness, safety and environment.

JANUARY
Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

FEBRUARY
American Heart Month
National Cancer Prevention Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

MARCH
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Cheerleader Safety Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Save Your Vision Month

APRIL
Alcohol Awareness Month
National Autism Awareness Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
National Donate Life Month
National Minority Health Month
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

MAY
Arthritis Awareness Month
Better Hearing and Speech Month
Clean Air Month
Food Allergy Action Month
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
Healthy Vision Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Mental Health Month
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
National Bike Safety Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

JUNE
Fireworks Safety Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
National Great Outdoors Month
National Safety Month

 

JULY
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
UV Safety Month

AUGUST
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
National Immunization Awareness Month

SEPTEMBER
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Fruits & Veggies–More Matters ® Month
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
National Food Safety Education Month
National Head Lice Prevention Month
National Sickle Cell Month
National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Sports Eye Safety Month

OCTOBER
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Health Literacy Month
Home Eye Safety Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

NOVEMBER
American Diabetes Month
COPD Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Awareness Month

DECEMBER
Safe Toys and Gifts Month