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. Educational resources are provided for:
- Parents who want to gain knowledge in several different areas of health
- Health & Wellness Chairs who want to share this information with parents from their school community
- Teachers who may want to utilize some of the resources to supplement programs they may be doing in their classrooms
Obesity rates have soared over the past three decades to more than 23 million children and teenagers, which represents that nearly one third of our young population is either overweight or obese. Obesity is defined if a person has a body mass index (BMI) percentile greater than 95 percent. A child is defined as overweight is their BMI percentile is greater than 85 percent but less than 95 percent. Childhood obesity is a big concern, as it can lead to many health indications now or later in life such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It can also lead to poor self esteem and depression (Mayo Clinic). According to the CDC in a 2014 report, Georgia ranks 19th in the nation for the number of obese adults, with one in three adults as obese. For more information on childhood obesity, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s website by clicking here.
Sugar in Our Bodies
Educational Video: Click here to see a video of what sugar does when it enters our bodies. Video courtesy of University of California – Davis (4:02 minutes).
Food Access in Your Community
2018 Governor's Shape Honor Roll
ATTENTION ALL K-12 SCHOOLS IN GEORGIA: It’s time to apply for the 2018 Governor’s Shape Honor Roll
CLICK HERE for Criteria and Important Dates
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? Complete the 2018 Governor's Shape Honor Roll Application online:
- Elementary School Honor Roll Application
- Middle School Honor Roll Application
- High School Honor Roll Application
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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. We have lots of info! Please click here.
Healthy Fundraising Ideas
Do you need some fresh, creative ideas for fundraisers at your school? Click here for information on some great ideas from Georgia schools that have been very successful. In addition, we have a list of resources and more fun ideas.
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 email@example.com for more info. Click here for a successful plan from Burke County Schools and their concessions.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at email@example.com for more information.
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 for the Georgia PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to be a part of shaping the health environment in Georgia schools? Do you have time during the day? Do evenings work better? Behind the scenes? Find out more by contacting us at: email@example.com
Review the different monthly events are related to all areas of health, wellness, safety and environment.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
American Heart Month
National Cancer Prevention Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Cheerleader Safety Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Save Your Vision Month
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
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
Fireworks Safety Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
National Great Outdoors Month
National Safety Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
UV Safety Month
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
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
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
American Diabetes Month
COPD Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Safe Toys and Gifts Month