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The resources listed in this guide are aimed at helping schools create healthy environments as well as to assist schools in completing the Healthy School Environment Recognition Program (HSERP) application. For ease of use in completing the recognition program application, the resources are organized to correspond with the HSERP sections. If a given resource pertains to more than one section, it is listed under all applicable sections. Most of the resources in this guide are accessible or downloadable free of charge although some of the materials listed are available for a fee. Click the links below to access the resources for the indicated section of the HSERP.

Section 1: Planning & Oversight
  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Coordinated School Health Programs to Support Academic Achievement and Healthy Schools - adopted 9/2003: This policy affirms that schools can achieve their primary mission of education only if students and staff are physically, mentally, and socially healthy. The Board recommends that: districts develop local coordinated school health programs and school health councils to make recommendations to the school board; schools develop school health teams representing staff, families, students, and the community in each building; and the district designates a school health program coordinator.
    Coordinated School Health Programs Policy

  • The Role of Michigan Schools in Promoting Healthy Weight Consensus Paper: If your school is trying to form a Coordinated School Health Team (pg 17, figure 11), this resource will be a good start. This consensus paper will be very helpful in clarifying the importance of the assessment process to create healthier schools. It also contains valuable resources that relate to healthy environments in Michigan schools.
    Promoting Healthy Weight Consensus Paper

  • Promoting Healthy Youth, Schools and Communities: A Guide to Community-School Health Councils, American Cancer Society: This guide provides a practical approach to planning, developing, maintaining, and evaluating school health councils/Coordinated School Health Teams. Handouts, checklists, forms and additional resources are included.
    Guide To Community School Health Councils

  • Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT): The Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) are Michigan's preferred assessment tools for schools. The Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) help schools plan and make changes that make it easier for students to make healthy food choices, be more physically active and choose a tobacco free lifestyle. Completing the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) enables your school to identify strengths, areas of need and to develop a realistic action plan for positive change. The Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) provide structure and guidance to the process of improving a school's health environment even for those schools that have already started to make changes in a less formal way.
    www.mihealthtools.org/hsat

  • Healthy School Report Card (HSRC): (An Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Action Tool) The Healthy School Report Card (HSRC) component of the action tool is based on research, best practices, and practical information related to healthy school environments. Data collected from the HSRC can help the school community address its needs in a prioritized fashion through its school improvement plan, local wellness policy, or other systemic strategies, thus sustaining attention to supports for student success. Research and development support for the Healthy School Report Card was provided through a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey.
    Healthy School Report Card

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Section 2: Policies

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Quality Physical Education - adopted 9/2003: This policy affirms that quality physical education programs play a unique role of educating students and in acquiring their skills so that they may lead physically active lives. Key components include: curriculum, instruction and assessment; certified teachers; instruction of 150 minutes per week for elementary students and 225 minutes per week for middle school and high school students.
    Quality Physical Education Policy

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Healthy Food and Beverages: This policy recommends that schools offer and promote healthful food choices in venues outside federally regulated child nutrition programs (including but not limited to: school social events, school meetings, vending machines, classroom parties, school celebrations, fundraising, athletic concessions, etc.). An online toolkit that provides a resource to help schools implement the policy is available at:
    Healthy Food and Beverages Toolkit (see page 3 for the policy).

  • Alternatives to Using Food as a Reward: Food is often used to reward good behavior. Unfortunately, the reward often undermines nutrition education and encourages over consumption of foods high in fat or sugar. Use this link to find alternative reward suggestions that not only encourage positive behavior in the classroom, but also in the lunchroom as well.
    Alternatives to Food as a Reward

  • School Store Toolkit: For a toolkit that guides you through key concepts and considerations necessary to make positive changes in the school store, go to
    School Store Toolkit

  • Establishing Policies For Healthier School Environments: Refer to the following two online information sources for guidelines on establishing effective policies:

      Fit, Healthy, Ready to Learn: This resource is designed to help state and local decision makers establish effective policies that promote high academic achievement and lifelong healthy habits.
      Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn

      USDA School Wellness: This website serves as a clearinghouse of information on the components that should be considered when establishing a school wellness policy.
      School Wellness Policies

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Section 3: Physical Activity & Physical Education

Michigan Dept. of Education Physical Activity Web Page: A wide variety of physical education news and resources can be found at this web site. Check this site often for up-to-date information and useful links. Michigan Physical Education Web Site

  • Certification: The State of Michigan requires all employees in an elementary or secondary who have instructional responsibilities to hold a certificate, permit or vocational authorization valid for the position to which he/she is assigned. The Michigan Department of Education has a document entitled "Quality Teachers of Physical Education" to support this law; click the link to access this document:
    Qualified Teachers of Physical Education

  • Best Practice Methods: A quality physical education program encompasses best practices that include specific characteristics in: curriculum, instruction and assessment, and opportunity to learn. For a list of the characteristics, please see the Michigan State Board of Education's Policy on Quality Physical Education at:
    Quality Physical Education

  • Michigan Physical Education Standards/Benchmarks: Physical education curriculum should be a sequential, developmentally appropriate K-12 program with the goal of providing students with the knowledge, skills, fitness, and attitudes necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. The State of Michigan has developed content standards, benchmarks and grade level content expectations for physical education to assist in meeting this goal. To review, these standards, visit:
    Physical Education Standards

  • Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC): This curriculum is changing the way educators think about physical education. Built around NASPE content standards and strong on assessment, EPEC is being used by thousands of teachers to strengthen physical education, and its reputation, in their communities.
    Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum

  • Walk-to-School Day: The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness is the State’s organizer for Michigan's observance of "Walk-to-School Day," a national program started by Partnership for a Walkable America (Website: www.walktoschool-usa.org). Michigan schools that plan to participate in "Walk-to-School Day" should register with the Governor’s Council to receive walkability surveys, parent brochures, stickers for kids and more. To register or to learn more, go to Walk to School Day

  • Jump Rope For Heart: Jump Rope For Heart promotes the value of physical activity to elementary school children while showing them they can contribute to their community's welfare. By jumping rope and securing sponsors, students raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke, while learning about the seriousness of heart disease and stroke, the lifelong benefits of physical activity and the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.
    Jump Rope for Heart

  • Fun Run: Learn how to set up a 5K Fun Run for kids and families at
    Fun Runs

  • All Children Exercising Simultaneously (ACES): Each year, on the first Wednesday in May, millions of children all over the world will be exercising together. The purpose of ACES Day is to reinforce the importance of physical activity for health. In Michigan, schools can register for ACES with the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Registered schools receive a free packet that includes: ACES themes and ideas, publicity and promotion materials, nutrition information, and a summary of other programs similar to ACES that promote physical activity and nutrition. Also included is a family educational brochure as well as ACES stickers for all participants. Registration is recommended about a month before the event (in April); but, all registrations are accepted through ACES day. For information on this year’s ACES Day (and associated dates), please go to
    All Children Exercising Simultaneously

  • Walking and Mileage Clubs: Low cost, easy to implement school walking programs are available from Fitness Finders at: Fitness Finders.

  • Michigan Model® for Comprehensive School Health Education: Michigan’s model health curriculum facilitates interdisciplinary learning through lessons that integrate health education with core academic subjects. Teacher training ensures that students and their schools, as a whole, get maximum benefits from this research-based program. The benefits of physical activity and ways to be physically active are taught each year in kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s Time to Move! is designed for grades 7-8 and in Staying Physically Active-For Life for grades 9-12.
    Michigan Model for School Health Education.

  • NASPE Guidelines for After School Physical Activity and Intramural Sport Programs: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide teachers, school activity directors and administrators and program leaders with basic information for planning and implementing physical activity and intramural programming for children in grades K-12.
    Intramural Guidelines

  • Safe Routes to School Program: This national movement makes it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need to succeed.
    Safe Routes to School

  • Walkability Check List: How walkable is your community? This useful tool can help find the answer. Take a walk and use this checklist to decide if your neighborhood is a friendly place to walk.
    Walking Checklist

  • Educational Messages on Physical Activity: Refer to the following online resources for ways to promote physical activity by providing education messages.

      VERB-VERBTM It’s what you do: Verb is a national, multicultural, social marketing campaign coordinated by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that encourages young people, ages 9-13 (tweens), to be physically active every day. There are VERB materials for organizations that promote the importance of regular physical activity for tweens, such as through communication, advocacy, policy change, and training of program providers.
      Youth Campaign

      DHHS Small Steps: This government-sponsored website frequently provides tips on eating better and being more active. Messages are archived and can be used by schools as daily or weekly messages.
      Small Steps

      Team Nutrition: The USDA Team Nutrition program has a variety of resources to promote both healthy eating and physical activity e.g. the poster/flyer Enjoy Moving.
      Team Nutrition

  • Staff Wellness Physical Activity Programs Refer to the following online resources for ways to promote physical activity among school staff.

      Michigan on the Move: Michigan On the Move is a grassroots initiative, working to reduce the rates of obesity and its associated health risks in our state. It has a simple message: prevent weight gain by moving more and eating less. You can take fun and easy steps to better your health! Make two small daily changes - take 2000 more steps (the equivalent of about one mile) and eat 100 fewer calories.
      Michigan on the Move

      Everyday Choices: The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association have joined together in a historic collaboration to encourage the prevention and early detection of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. "Everyday Choices For A Healthier Life" is a joint initiative; one of the goals is to stimulate improvements in disease prevention and early detection by increasing public awareness about healthy lifestyles, including increased physical activity.
      Everyday Choices

      Heart At Work: The American Heart Association's flexible, effective, affordable health promotion program is available online. It provides what you need to inform and motivate employees to make regular physical activity a part of their lives. The website offers a variety of activities: a challenge, a partner or self-paced program, an employee fitness test, a walking seminar and a back-to-the-basics approach to physical activity. These activities are fun and beneficial, because they'll get employees moving toward better health!
      Heart At Work

      Active For Life: This 10-week program encourages employees to be more active on a regular basis by setting individual goals and forming teams for motivation and support. Since everyone’s different, participants set their own goals based on how active they are and how active they want to be. Personal goals can be moderate (like walking or yard work or taking the stairs) to more intense (like running or tennis). Throughout the ten weeks, activities and workshops, ranging from group walks to workshops on personal safety and health, help inform and motivate participants.
      Active for Life

      Workplace Solutions: This new American Cancer Society worksite wellness program includes a monthly wellness newsletter, Active For Life activity program, Meeting Well planning tool, interactive health website for employees, Tobacco Cessation support and much more. Contact your local ACS office to learn more. 1-800-ACS-2345.
      Workplace Solutions

      Meeting Well: Planning a menu for your work event? Before you pick up that box of doughnuts, consider using Meeting Well, a set of simple tools for planning healthy meetings and events. Meeting Well provides tools, including a handy guidebook, that make it easy and fun to choose healthy foods and activities - even at work.
      Meeting Well

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Section 4: Healthy Eating & Nutrition Education

  • United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM): This web site provides dairy product information, recipes, and nutrition education resources for schools, health professionals, the media, and consumers. School breakfast information is also included.
    UDIM

  • Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value: USDA regulates the foods served in competition with reimbursable school meals. Foods that meet this definition are soda water, water ices, chewing gum and certain candies. For more complete information please go to:
    Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value

  • National School Lunch Program: This is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit, private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
    School Lunch Program

  • Reimbursable School Lunch: These are meals, sold to students meeting federal household income requirements, which are reimbursed by the federal government. Schools are required to serve meals at no charge to children whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guideline. Children are entitled to pay a reduced price if their household income is above 130 percent but at or below 185 percent of these guidelines. Children are automatically eligible for free school meals if their household receives food stamps, benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or, in most cases, benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. For more information go to:
    Reimbursable School Lunch

  • Healthy School Meals Resource System: The Healthy School Meals Resource System (HSMRS) provides information to people working in USDA's Child Nutrition Programs.
    Healthy School Meals

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Healthy Food and Beverages: This policy recommends that schools offer and promote healthful food choices in venues outside federally regulated child nutrition programs (including but not limited to: school social events, school meetings, vending machines, classroom parties, school celebrations, fundraising, athletic concessions etc.). Healthy food and beverages are defined as single-serving-size snacks (except for nuts, seeds, and cheese) and should have no more than 6 grams of fat and meet at least two of the following three criteria:
    1. Contain 300 or fewer calories,
    2. One or more grams of fiber
    3. At least 10% of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A or Vitamin C

    To determine if a food or beverage meets the criteria, use the Nutrition Facts label on the package. For a list of foods and beverages meeting this criteria visit:
    Healthy Foods and Beverages List or for a copy of the toolkit, which contains the policy go to:
    Healthy Foods and Beverages Toolkit.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Tasting: Each month a fruit and vegetable are featured with nutritional information, tips on how to prepare them and great tasting recipes.
    Fruit and Vegetables of the Month

  • Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More is a tool for school foodservice professionals packed with tips on planning, purchasing, protecting, preparing, presenting and promoting fruits and vegetables. Use Fruits & Vegetables Galore to help rejuvenate the cafeteria with colorful fruits and vegetables.
    Fruits and Vegetables Galore

  • Nutrition Health Fair: Hold a nutrition fair to educate students and parents, and generate interest in healthy eating. Team Nutrition’s Popular Team Nutrition Events Book provides schools with ideas for a variety of school and community-wide events including planning a fair.
    Popular Team Nutrition Events

  • Generation Fit: Students ages 11 to 18 take part in community service projects that promote more physical activity and healthier eating among their friends and families, and in their schools and communities. Projects include:
    • Food for Thought: Trying New Recipes in Your Cafeteria
    • Message Magic: Selling Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
    • Lending a Helping Hand: Planning Meals for Those in Need
    • Team Up for Good Health: Improving Habits with a Partner
    • Let’s Get Moving: Making Physical Activity a Priority in Our Community
    The young activists themselves come away better educated about good nutrition and the need to stay physically active.
    Generation Fit

  • School Milk Promotion ? For the latest information on what dairy can do for you - whether you are looking for tips on how to incorporate dairy into your diet or would like to know more about the latest milk promotions- you'll find it at the National Dairy Council website.
    National Dairy Council Tips
    National Dairy Council Nutrition Explorations

 

  • Breakfast Campaign: Refer to the following online sources for information on breakfast programs.

    Alternative Methods to Serving Breakfast:  Visit USDA’s Discover School Breakfast Toolkit to learn more about school breakfast and check out the resource section for files that can be customized for your school buildings.
    Discover School Breakfast

    Project PA:  Project PA is committed to promoting school breakfast programs and offers resources to schools to facilitate this.
    Project PA

  • Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month: Get ready to celebrate colorful fruits and vegetables during National Fruits and Veggies-More Matters in September. Each year during the month of September, the CDC, the National Cancer Institute, USDA, and other partners, conduct a nationwide effort to promote eating more fruits and vegetables daily for better health.
    Fruits and Veggies-More Matters

  • Nutrition Activities: For creative ideas for nutrition activities and events, visit these websites
    Nutrition Activities
    Nutrition Event Ideas

  • National Nutrition Month®: This is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes ADA and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.
    National Nutrition Month

  • Educational Messages on Healthy Eating: Refer to the following online resources for ways to promote healthy eating by providing educational messages.

      Team Nutrition: The USDA Team Nutrition program has a variety of resources to promote both healthy eating and physical activity e.g. the posters MyPyramid for Kids; How Much Do You Eat; and Read It Before You Eat It.
      Team Nutrition

      Sense-ational Food Poster: Brought to you by Team Nutrition, originally from the Food Works Scholastic Kit (Grades 3-5), the flip-side of this poster includes reproducible parent activity sheets for nutrition education in the home.
      Sense-ational Foods

      DHHS Small Steps: This government sponsored website provides frequent tips on eating better and getting more active. Messages are archived and can be used by schools as daily or weekly messages.
      Small Steps

  • Classroom Party Ideas: Tips and Tools to Help Implement Michigan’s Healthy Food and Beverages Policy  offers suggestions on ways to make parties fun and healthy. See pages 15-16 in Tips and Tools. Tips and Tools is one component of Michigan Action for Healthy Kids “Healthy School Toolkit.”
    Tips and Tools (then select Tips and Tools to Help Implement Michigan’s Healthy Food and Beverages Policy under Healthy Eating: Implementing an Action Plan.)

  • Staff Wellness Healthy Eating/Healthy Weight Programs: Refer to the following online resources for ways to promote healthy eating/healthy weight among school staff.

      Heart Healthy Recipes: The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's website offers a variety of appealing heart healthy recipes.
      Heart Healthy Recipes

      Everyday Choices: The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association have joined together in a historic collaboration to encourage the prevention and early detection of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. One of the goals of this joint initiative is "Everyday Choices For A Healthier Life" and to stimulate improvements in disease prevention and early detection by increasing public awareness about healthy lifestyles, including better nutrition and healthier body weights.
      Everyday Choices

      Heart At Work: This online American Heart Association health promotion program is flexible, effective, and affordable. A high-saturated-fat, high-cholesterol diet raises the risk for heart disease by increasing blood cholesterol levels. Obesity is also a risk factor for heart disease. To reduce their risk, employees need to eat a balanced, low-fat diet and manage their weight appropriately. With this module, you can help them start or stay on the right path. A heart-healthy eating challenge, a nutrition seminar and a self-help activity focusing on weight management are some of the activities included here.
      Heart At Work

      Meeting Well: Planning a menu for your work event? Before you pick up that box of doughnuts, consider using Meeting Well, a set of simple tools for planning healthy meetings and events. Meeting Well provides tools, including a handy guidebook, that make it easy and fun to choose healthy foods and activities - even at work.
      Meeting Well

      Workplace Solutions: This new American Cancer Society worksite wellness program includes a monthly wellness newsletter, Active For Life activity program, Meeting Well planning tool, interactive health website for employees, Tobacco Cessation support and much more. Contact your local ACS office to learn more. 1-800-ACS-2345.
      Workplace Solutions

  • Michigan Team Nutrition (TN): This national initiative is designed to motivate, encourage, and empower schools, families and the community to work together to continually improve school meals and to make food and physical activity choices for a healthy lifestyle.
    Michigan Team Nutrition

  • Henry the Hand: Help children understand that cleanliness is important to good health. School aged children are able to be in charge of their own bodies. This resource supports the development of a greater awareness of their hands and what role our hands play in the spread of disease.
    Henry the Hand

  • “Sink Those Germs”: Help promote hand washing with this hand washing with this bean bag activity and coloring sheets.
    Sink Those Germs

  • 10 Quick & Quiet Steps to Hand Washing Success: This five-minute video features the creative work of School Nurse Janet Friederick who created a 10-step hand washing routine to teach children how to properly wash their hands.
    10 Handwashing Steps

  • Scrub Club for Kids: This fun, interactive and educational web site teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site consists of a Webisode, interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents. Scrub Club is a partnership of NSF International and the Partnership for Food Safety Education.
    Scrub Club for Kids  

  • Michigan Health Education Standards/Benchmarks: Health education curriculum should be a sequential, developmentally appropriate K-12 program with the goal of providing students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. The State of Michigan has developed content standards, benchmarks and grade level content expectations for health education to assist in meeting this goal.
    Michigan Health Education Standards

  • Michigan Model® for Comprehensive School Health Education: Michigan’s model health curriculum facilitates interdisciplinary learning through lessons that integrate health education with core academic subjects. Teacher training ensures that students and their schools, as a whole, get maximum benefits from this research-based program. The benefits of good nutrition and ways to make healthy food choices are taught each year in kindergarten through sixth grade. What’s Food Got to Do With It? is designed for grades 7-8 and Help Yourself to Good Nutrition for grades 9-12.
    Michigan Model for Health Education


  • The Michigan School Breakfast Challenge was issued in May 2008 to all Local and Intermediate School Superintendents, Public School Academy Directors, Nonpublic School Administrators, and Residential Child Care Institutions.  Superintendents were challenged to increase school breakfast participation in their districts by 50%.  Research shows that students who eat breakfast exhibit improved learning, health, and classroom behavior.  For more information about the school breakfast challenge go to: 
    Michigan School Breakfast Challenge

     

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Section 5: Tobacco-Free Lifestyles

  • Michigan State Board Policy on 24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools: This policy strongly encourages local school districts to pass policies that prohibit tobacco use 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year, so that students can learn and achieve in a healthy environment. Maintaining a school environment that is tobacco free, at all times, allows children to attend school and school events free from the effects of negative modeling and second-hand smoke. A 24/7 tobacco-free school environment supports efforts within a coordinated system that includes alternatives to suspension, safe and healthful physical activity, health education, and developmentally appropriate referral for cessation services.
    24/7 Tobacco Free School Policy

  • Michigan Model® for Comprehensive School Health Education: Michigan’s model health curriculum facilitates interdisciplinary learning through lessons that integrate health education with core academic subjects. Teacher training ensures that students and their schools, as a whole, get maximum benefits from this research-based program. The reasons not to use tobacco and ways to refuse are taught each year in kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s No Mystery: Tobacco Is a Killer is designed for grades 7-8 and Teens Campaign Against Tobacco for grades 9-12.
    Michigan Model for Health Education

  • How Schools Can Effectively Communicate a 24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools Policy: To download a handout about effectively communicating at tobacco-free school policy, go to
    Communicating a Tobacco Free School Policy

  • Heart Power Curriculum: The American Heart Association’s website provides information on smoking prevention. This online program provides classroom curriculum for smoking prevention, secondhand smoke avoidance and smoking cessation. You can link to the American Heart Association’s Heart Power online program by visiting
    Heart Power.

  • Educational Messages on Tobacco Free Lifestyles: Refer to the following online resources for ways to promote tobacco-free lifestyles by providing educational messages.

      Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS): The Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is responsible for leading and coordinating strategic efforts aimed at preventing tobacco use among youth, promoting smoking cessation among youth and adults, protecting nonsmokers from environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), and eliminating tobacco-related health disparities.
      Tobacco Information and Prevention

  • Tobacco-Free Michigan: Michigan’s main grassroots coalition is dedicated to the prevention of tobacco use. Visit the Tobacco-Free Michigan web site to learn about opportunities to fight tobacco use in Michigan.
    Tobacco Free Michigan.

  • The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: CTFK is the nation’s leading tobacco-prevention organization devoted to children. Their web site offers the latest facts and statistics in tobacco use and also provides many opportunities for advocacy. The CTFK web site also has a section devoted to youth action and advocacy.
    Tobacco Free Kids.

  • Freedom from Smoking: This program from the American Lung Association is a wonderful on-line resource. Access this and other American Lung Association resources by visiting
    American Lung Association.

  • Staff Wellness Tobacco Use Cessation Programs: Refer to the following online resources for ways to help school staff kick the tobacco habit.

      Resources from the American Cancer Society: ACS provides a wealth of information and resources to help people quit tobacco products and to help them stay quit.
      American Cancer Society

      Improving Life One Breath At A Time: The American Lung Association fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.
      American Lung Association

      Healthy Workforce 2010: This is an essential health promotion sourcebook for employers, large and small. The sourcebook addresses forming a staff wellness team, promoting staff participation in health promotion programs or activities, budgeting for staff health promotion, surveying staff to identify interest in health screening, physical activity, healthy eating or tobacco cessation programs, providing incentives for staff to participate in such programs.
      Healthy Workforce 2010

      Heart At Work: This online American Heart Association health promotion program is flexible, effective, and affordable. To safeguard their lives, to protect their health and just to enjoy a better quality of life, your employees and their families deserve to be tobacco-free. These materials can inspire them to make the choice to start enjoying a smoke-free life. Clearing the air for better health starts at
      Heart At Work

      Great American Smokeout - Creating A Smoke-Free Workplace: The workplace is an ideal location to launch highly successful Great American Smokeout promotions. Because adults spend the majority of their day at work, the office is also an ideal place to help smokers, chewers, and dippers quit for good. With new legislation and public support of no smoking policies, Great American Smokeout is also an appropriate day to initiate new "No Smoking" policies in the workplace.
      Great American Smoke Out

      Workplace Solutions: This new American Cancer Society worksite wellness program includes a monthly wellness newsletter, Active For Life activity program, Meeting Well planning tool, interactive health website for employees, Tobacco Cessation support and much more. Contact your local ACS office to learn more. 1-800-ACS-2345.
      Workplace Solutions

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Section 6: Additional Accomplishments

Relevant Documents

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Coordinated School Health Programs to Support Academic Achievement and Healthy Schools - adopted 9/2003: This policy affirms that schools can achieve their primary mission of education only if students and staff are physically, mentally, and socially healthy. The Board recommends that: districts develop local, coordinated school health programs and school health councils to make recommendations to the school board; schools develop school health teams representing staff, families, students, and the community in each building; and the district designates a school health program coordinator.
    Coordinated School Health Programs Policy

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Quality Physical Education adopted 9/2003: This policy affirms that quality physical education programs play a unique role of educating students and in acquiring skills so they may lead a physically active life. Key components include: curriculum, instruction and assessment; certified teachers; instruction of 150 minutes per week for elementary students and 225 minutes per week for middle school and high school students.
    Quality Physical Education Policy

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Healthy Food and Beverages: This policy recommends that schools offer and promote healthful food choices in venues outside federally regulated child nutrition programs (including but not limited to: school social events, school meetings, vending machines, classroom parties, school celebrations, fundraising, athletic concessions etc.). The online toolkit is a resource to help school implement the policy.
    Healthy Food and Beverage Policy (see page 3 for the policy).

  • Michigan State Board Policy on 24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools: This policy strongly encourages local school districts to pass policies that prohibit tobacco use 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year, so that students can learn and achieve in a healthy environment. Maintaining a school environment that is tobacco free, at all times, allows children to attend school and school events free from the effects of negative modeling and second-hand smoke. A 24/7 tobacco-free school environment supports efforts within a coordinated system that includes alternatives to suspension, safe and healthful physical activity, health education, and developmentally appropriate referral for cessation services.
    24/7 Tobacco Free School Policy

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Comprehensive School Health Education adopted 6/2004: This policy affirms that health education is critical to academic and employment success and recommends at least 50 hours of health education instruction at every grade, K-12, an emphasis on critical knowledge and skills; performance-based assessment; highly qualified and certified teachers; and collaboration with the school partners.
    Health Education Policy

  • Michigan State Board of Education Policy on the Management of Asthma in Schools adopted 1/2005: This policy advocates for the benefits of a clear school policy for asthma management and recommends that each Michigan school and district establish asthma-friendly schools to better manage asthma symptoms and reduce school absences among students with asthma. Such policies can make a difference in school performance,
    Asthma Management Policy

  • The Role of Michigan Schools in Promoting Healthy Weight Consensus Paper: Your team will find this consensus paper to be very helpful in clarifying the importance of an assessment process to create healthier schools. It also contains valuable resources that relate to healthy environments in Michigan schools.
    Healthy Weight Consensus Paper

  • Michigan Action For Healthy Kids Tips and Tools Kit for the Healthy Food and Beverage Policy: This document provides parents, teachers, and other health advocates with tips for implementing Michigan’s Healthy Food and Beverage Policy.
    Healthy Food and Beverage Toolkit
Awards

  • Governor's Council Exemplary Physical Education Award: The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation provide awards to recognize school districts, individual teachers or buildings that demonstrate their commitment to high-quality physical education by taking exemplary actions and demonstrating exemplary results in terms of student achievement. Recognition is intended to motivate and to identify models of effectiveness for other school districts that seek to provide quality physical education programs.
    Exemplary Physical Education Award

  • HealthierUS School Challenge: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) believes that schools should be taking a leadership role in helping students learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. Many schools have already made changes to their school nutrition environments and improved the quality of the foods served, which has resulted in students having more nutritious, healthy choices. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) wants to encourage schools to achieve such results, and has established the HealthierUS School Challenge to encourage schools to go further and to recognize those who chose to do so.
    HealthierUS Challenge
Conferences & Trainings -- As with most conferences, there are registration fees associated with most of the conferences listed below. Visit the websites indicated for costs associated with upcoming conferences.

  • Michigan Action for Healthy Kids (MAFHK): This coalition concentrates their efforts to ensure that healthy foods are provided throughout the entire school environment and that schools offer quality, daily physical activity. Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools as part of a total learning environment. This effort represents a response to our nation's epidemic of overweight, sedentary lifestyles, and undernourished children and adolescents. For more on conferences and trainings sponsored by MAFHK, go to the web site indicated below and select Michigan under State by State Action.
    Michigan Action for Healthy Kids

  • Eat Healthy + Play Hard = Smart Student Conference: Creating healthy school environments continues to be a goal in Michigan. Schools can improve the health and academic performance of their students by using coordinated school health teams to focus on improving the school environment and policies related to healthy eating and physical activity. This conference is usually held annually. Enter “Eat healthy play hard smart students Michigan” in a search engine for information on the current conference. For a copy of a previous conference brochure, go to:
    Eat Healthy Play Hard Brochure

  • Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Conference: MAHPERD envisions a society in which all individuals of Michigan enjoy an optimal quality of life through appreciation of and participation in active and creative health-promoting lifestyles. Members and staff of MAHPERD are recognized as dynamic role models in the realization of this desired future. For more about the organization and their conferences, visit
    Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

  • School Nutrition Association of Michigan (SNAM): School Nutrition Association of Michigan is a non-profit professional association representing 60,000 members involved in the school food service industry. SNAM represents over 1,600 food service workers in Michigan. Membership is open to persons engaged in school food service or related activities in public, private and parochial schools, and colleges and universities. Information about SNAM and the trainings and conferences sponsored by the association, go to
    School Nutrition Association of Michigan

  • Michigan Education Special Services Association (MESSA): MESSA's mission is to serve the members of the Michigan Education Association by providing comprehensive health and related employee benefit plans which respond to the financial and special requirements of the membership, with a continued commitment to personalized service. Every summer, MESSA sponsors the Great Lakes Wellness Conference so that school employees can learn how to bring about healthy lifestyle choices into their personal lives and workplace.
    MESSA Wellness Conference

  • Michigan Team Nutrition Training or Workshop: Michigan Team Nutrition (TN) holds trainings/workshops periodically especially for food service staff members. Check the Michigan TN Web site under "Events" for more information:
    Michigan Team Nutrition.

  • Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education Training: A network of 25 regional School Health Coordinators is responsible for the implementation of coordinated school health programs in the state of Michigan. Contact the regional school health coordinator who serves your county for more information on training opportunities.
    Michigan Model Training

  • Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) Facilitation Training: The Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) are online assessment tools to help your school determine ways to create a healthier school environment (website: www.mihealthtools.org/hsat) Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) Facilitation Training will help school and community leaders work directly with Michigan schools to help form Coordinated School Health Teams, complete the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT), develop a Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) action plan, and encourage implementation of the action plan to help create elements of a healthy school environment where students and staff have the opportunity to be exposed to and participate in healthy eating and physical activity. The Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) facilitation training is available at no cost. For information about upcoming trainings, please see the “Preview the Tools” section of the HSAT web site for on-line training.
    HSAT Training
Activities, Events & Programs

  • Walk-to-School Day: The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness is the State organizer for Michigan's observance of "Walk to School Day," a national program started by Partnership for a Walkable America. Website ( website:www.walktoschool-usa.org). Michigan schools planning to participate in the "Walk to School Day" should register with the Governor’s Council to receive walkability surveys, parent brochures, stickers for kids, and more. Go to
    Walk to School Day

  • All Children Exercising Simultaneously: Each year, on the first Wednesday in May, millions of children all over the world will be exercising together. The purpose of ACES Day is to reinforce the importance of physical activity for health. In Michigan, schools can register for ACES with the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Registered schools receive a free packet that includes: ACES themes and ideas, publicity and promotion materials, nutrition information, and a summary of other programs similar to ACES which promote physical activity and nutrition. Also included is a family educational brochure as well as ACES stickers for all participants. Registration is recommended about a month before the event (in April); but all registrations are accepted through ACES day. For information on this year’s ACES Day (and associated dates), please go to:
    All Children Exercising Simultaneously

  • Jump Rope for Heart: This program promotes the value of physical activity to elementary school children while showing them they can contribute to their community's welfare. These are the years when children can establish the foundation for movement skills, and when positive learning experiences can help establish a positive attitude and appreciation for participating in regular, daily physical activity for life. By jumping rope and securing sponsors, students raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke, while learning about the seriousness of heart disease and stroke, the lifelong benefits of physical activity and the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.
    Jump Rope for Heart

  • Hoops for Heart: This is a great way to bring students together for a good cause - physical activity and community service. Students will be proud knowing they’re helping to save lives in their own community. Hoops For Heart not only gives kids the opportunity to work on basketball skills and play exciting skills games such as Hot-Shot Blitz, Top Gun and Quick Hands but also funds critical research and educational programs that fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers.
    Hoops for Heart

  • Breakfast Programs: Refer to the following online sources for information on breakfast programs.

    United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM): This web site provides dairy product information, recipes, and nutrition education resources for schools, health professionals, the media, and consumers. School breakfast information is also included.
    UDIM

    Alternative Methods to Serving Breakfast:  Visit USDA’s Discover School Breakfast Toolkit to learn more about school breakfast and check out the resource section for files that can be customized for your school buildings.
    Discover School Breakfast

    Project PA:  Project PA is committed to promoting school breakfast programs and offers resources to schools to facilitate this.
    Project PA

  • USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: The Nutrition Title of the 2002 Farm Bill provided for the USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (FVPP) to improve fresh fruit and vegetable consumption among the nation’s school children. The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 made the Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (FVPP) a permanent one. The FFVP provides fresh and dried fruits and fresh vegetables free to children in High schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, using creative and innovative concepts, including kiosks, vending machines, and in-class methods. 225 participating schools are currently located across Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Ohio and schools on the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, the Intertribal Council of Arizona and the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine River Reservation in South Dakota. To learn more visit
    Fruit & Vegetable Program .

  • Farm to School Initiatives: There is a lot of farm to school activity in Michigan both at a state and local level. Elements of farm-to-school initiatives have sought to significantly improve the nutritional quality of food choices for school-age children and develop new markets for local and regional farmers; increase knowledge and awareness of local and regional food systems; and/or help extend renewed interest in farm-to-consumer or direct marketing strategies, such as farmers' markets.
    Farm to School

  • Teens Against Tobacco Use: TATU is a peer education program that trains high school students to teach middle and elementary school students about the hazards of tobacco use to. A program that challenges teens to answer: Why has the tobacco company spent over $100 million in Washington State alone advertising their product? And why is youth their main target? Why is tobacco, the only product on the market when used as intended will hurt or kill you, still legal? Why are cigarette ingredients not listed on the pack? How is tobacco the number one cause of preventable death?
    Teens Against Tobacco Use

  • Freedom From Smoking Online: A free online smoking cessation program that offers step-by-step modules to help quit smoking. Go to the web site listed below and select Quit Smoking then FSS Online Program.
    Freedom from Smoking

  • Generation Fit: Students ages 11 to 18 take part in community service projects that promote more physical activity and healthier eating among their friends and families, and in their schools and communities. Projects include:
    • Food for Thought: Trying New Recipes in Your Cafeteria
    • Message Magic: Selling Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
    • Lending a Helping Hand: Planning Meals for Those in Need
    • Team Up for Good Health: Improving Habits with a Partner
    • Let’s Get Moving: Making Physical Activity a Priority in Our Community
    The young activists themselves come away better educated about good nutrition and the need to stay physically active.
    Generation Fit

School Success Stories

The submission of an accepted success story is one of the requirements for the Healthy School Environment Recognition Program. Your application is not complete until you submit a success story.

However, your success story goes beyond simply fulfilling a requirement. When you share your school’s success, you help other schools make improvements in their school environments.

For instructions on completing the School Success Story requirement, please go to the Success Stories section of this website. Instructions and a success story form are available for download.

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